What is Dysphagia?
Dysphagia is the medical term to describe difficulties or problems when swallowing.
What are the symptoms of dysphagia?
Signs that you have dysphagia include:
- Coughing or choking when eating
- Bringing food back up
- A sensation that there is something stuck in your throat
- An inability to eat food properly
How is dysphagia diagnosed?
During consultations you may be asked to discuss your symptoms, how long they've been occurring and if you've lost any weight. You may be referred to a neurologist or gastroenterologist to identify whether the cause is in your mouth/throat or oesophagus. These specialists may recommend you for further testing.
How is dysphagia treated?
The right course of treatment will depend on whether you have dysphagia of the mouth/throat (oropharyngeal dysphagia) or oesophageal dysphagia. If you are diagnosed with oropharyngeal dysphagia you may need swallowing therapy or make dietary changes. If you are suffering from oesophageal dysphagia you may be recommended Botox or medication. Alternatively you may require surgery such as endoscopic dilatation.