Have you ever experienced difficulty swallowing food or liquids? Do you know someone who does? This common but often overlooked condition is known as a swallowing disorder or dysphagia. 


What is a Swallowing Disorder?

Swallowing disorders, or dysphagia, occur when the normal swallowing process is disrupted. This can happen at any stage of swallowing, including the oral phase (chewing and moving food to the back of the mouth), the pharyngeal phase (swallowing and moving food through the throat), or the esophageal phase (moving food through the esophagus to the stomach).

Causes of Swallowing Disorders

There are many potential causes of swallowing disorders, including:

Symptoms of Swallowing Disorders

The symptoms of a swallowing disorder may vary. Common symptoms may include:

If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, contact your physician and book an appointment with a licensed speech pathologist.