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Dysphagia

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Dysphagia is trouble swallowing. It occurs when you have trouble moving food or liquid from your mouth to your esophagus or down to your stomach. It may occur when you eat, drink, or any time you try to swallow.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You choke on your own saliva.
  • You have chest pain.
  • You have shortness of breath.
  • You cannot eat or drink liquids at all.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You lose weight without trying.
  • Your signs and symptoms get worse, or you have new signs or symptoms.
  • You have signs or symptoms of dehydration, such as increased thirst, dark yellow urine, or little or no urine.
  • You get colds often.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Nutrition:

You may need to change the texture of the foods you eat to help reduce choking problems. Your healthcare provider may show you how to thicken liquids or soften foods to make them easier to swallow.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Learn more about Dysphagia (Aftercare Instructions)

Associated drugs

Micromedex® Care Notes

Mayo Clinic Reference

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