Symptoms of Dysphagia

  • Coughing during eating or drinking
  • Difficulty chewing solid food
  • Sensation of food sticking in the mouth
  • Food residue in the mouth after swallowing 
  • Drooling
  • Speaking with awet gurglyvoice (a voice quality marked by liquid or mucus presence in the throat) after eating or drinking
  • Prolonged or inefficient chewing
  • Frequent throat clearing
  • Frequent occurrence of pneumonia or upper respiratory infections; both of these are the leading symptoms for identifying patients with silent aspiration.

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

 

 

 

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