Frequently Asked Questions on Dysphagia


What is dysphagia?

Dysphagia refers to a swallowing disorders characterized by difficulty in chewing, manipulating, and moving food, liquid, medications, or secretions through the mouth, throat, and esophagus into the stomach. Dysphagia can be a result of many underlying medical conditions.

What are the symptoms of dysphagia?
What can be the consequence if dysphagia is left untreated?

Dysphagia, if left untreated can lead to aspiration i.e. the entry of foreign material (such as food, liquid, or secretions) into the airway. Aspiration increases the risk of developing pneumonia. Dysphagia may also cause malnutrition, dehydration, decreased quality of life, weight loss, and even death.

What type of foods are recommended for patients with dysphagia?
What type of foods are recommended for patients with dysphagia?

A pureed diet may be recommended if you have dysphagia. Pureed food should be smooth, homogeneous and cohesive, or pudding-like. People with Dysphagia may benefit from eating several small meals a day instead of three large meals.