Symptoms of Dysphagia

  • Coughing or choking during eating or drinking
  • Difficulty chewing solid food
  • Prolonged or inefficient chewing
  • Reported sensation of food sticking in the mouth or throat
  • Food residue left in the mouth or throat after swallowing 
  • Speaking with a wet-gurgly-voice (a voice quality marked by liquid or mucus presence in the throat) after eating or drinking
  • Difficulty managing oral secretions
  • Frequent throat clearing while eating or drinking
  • Refusing food
  • Weight loss or inadequate weight gain
  • Frequent occurrence of pneumonia or upper respiratory infections; both are the leading symptoms of silent aspiration.

If your loved one demonstrates any of these symptoms while eating after a brain injury, please seek a medical evaluation for swallowing.

(Dated Jan 3, 2020)




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