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What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia means unsystematic eating. It is the medical term given to a swallowing disorder where people have a hard time swallowing, and choke on their food or liquid when trying to swallow. It is a k..

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Dysphagia means unsystematic eating. It is the medical term given to a swallowing disorder where people have a hard time swallowing, and choke on their food or liquid when trying to swallow. It is a kind of sensation that indicates obstruction in the passage of solids or liquids from the mouth to the stomach. This disorder may also be associated with severe pain. Occasional difficulty in swallowing occurs when something is eaten too fast or the food is not chewed well enough, which is not usually a cause of concern while persistent dysphagia may indicate a serious medical condition requiring treatment.

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Dysphagia
Symptoms
symptoms

Symptoms associated with dysphagia are:

  • Drooling and choking while eating.
  • Hoarseness and recurrent heartburn.
  • Unreasonable loss of weight.
  • When controlling food in the mouth becomes a difficulty, and initiates gulping action.
  • When saliva does not remain in the mouth.
  • Recurrent pneumonia.

Causes
causes

Following are some common causes of dysphagia:

  • Stroke.
  • Neurological diseases such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
  • Brain tumour.
  • Myasthenia gravis, a condition that makes your muscles weak.

Risks
risks

Possible risks of dysphagia are:

  • Dehydration.
  • Malnutrition.
  • Aspiration pneumonia.
  • Emotional impairment.
  • Body development deficit.

Prevention
prevention

Although, dysphagia cannot be prevented, problem in swallowing could be reduced by eating slowly and chewing food properly.

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