Understanding Dysphagia

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Dysphagia is a medical condition which describes the difficulty in swallowing solids or liquids. A person suffering from dysphagia may either have problems forming a bolus (the mass of food to be swallowed) in the mouth or have difficulty moving the bolus from the mouth to the stomach.

What is Dysphagia?

Commonly referred to as “Swallowing Difficulties”, Dysphagia is a term that among patients, caregivers and even Healthcare Professionals has not yet achieved the awareness and understanding that it requires to ensure proper management. Learn more about Dysphagia.

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Managing Dysphagia

If you’ve been diagnosed with dysphagia, you will be given a customized plan. This might include exercises to improve swallowing function, as well as a modified diet to make eating and drinking more manageable.

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*Clinically shown to improve swallowing safety by reducing the risk of aspiration compared to thin liquid in dysphagia patients.

Leonard RJ, et al. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014;114:590-594.