What are swallowing difficulties?

If someone has difficulty swallowing food and drinks, they might have a condition known as dysphagia. In particular there is a risk of drinks or food “going down the wrong way” into the lungs. As well as being uncomfortable and sometimes painful, dysphagia is potentially dangerous, with patients being at risk of choking and lung problems, including pneumonia. Swallowing difficulties can lead to increased anxiety at mealtimes and loss of enjoyment when eating or drinking. Sometimes it may be difficult to eat and drink enough which can result in weight loss and dehydration.

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