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Department of Rehabilitation

Dysphagia

Dysphagia is the medical term that refers to difficulties in swallowing. This condition may be caused by stroke or head injury, neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's Disease, and surgery to the head and neck. People with dysphagia may have difficulty swallowing liquids, foods, or managing their own saliva. Delayed, weak and / or poorly coordinated swallowing may result in some food or drink entering the airway (aspiration) and may predispose a person to developing chest infection. People with dysphagia may also find it challenging to take in enough food and drink to meet the body's needs.

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