Dysphagia is defined as difficulty in swallowing. It is usually associated with either difficulties caused by problems with the mouth or throat (oropharyngeal dysphagia) or problems with the gullet (oesophageal dysphagia).
Dysphagia can prevent people from enjoying meals or social occasions; it can even lead to malnutrition or dehydration.
There is a spectrum of possible causes of dysphagia, which would be explored by the consultant
Treatment depends on the underlying problem causing the dysphagia. These treatments can include:
- Speech and language therapy
- Management of the consistency of food
- Alternative forms of feeding
Our specialists have considerable expertise in the assessment and diagnosis of dysphagia and the underlying condition, together with the ability to treat a wide variety of causes of swallowing difficulties.