Swallowing disorders, collectively referred to as dysphagia, make eating and drinking difficult at best and hazardous in severe cases. Foods, such as soups and ice cream, and beverages have the potential to choke people. There is also a high risk of aspiration which is food or drinks going into the lungs instead of the stomach. This can lead to infections, pneumonia and respiratory distress.
Dysphagia can occur at any age, but it’s more common in the elderly due to high-risk factors. Wear and tear of the esophagus, treatment for some cancers, stroke and the development of Parkinson’s disease are …Read More