Dysphagia Treatment

Can this condition be treated? What Dysphagia treatment options are available? Learn more below about the current treatments available to patients.


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How to Treat Dysphagia

Treatment may include:

Treating a Medical Condition

Treating the underlying condition may help improve your swallowing problems.

Swallowing Techniques and Exercises

A speech-language pathologist can teach you:

  • Techniques to help you swallow more easily
  • Exercises that strengthen the muscles needed for swallowing

Diet Changes

In severe cases, you may need to use high-nutrition liquid drinks. If you have trouble swallowing thin liquids, you may need powders to thicken liquids so they are easier to swallow.

Progressive Dilatation

If the esophagus is too narrow, instruments may be used to slowly stretch the esophagus.

Other Nonsurgical Treatments

  • Biofeedback
  • Nasogastric feeding tube


In severe cases, surgery may be needed to:

  • Release an overly tight muscle
  • Remove a stricture or web that is blocking the esophagus
  • Place a stent (a tiny tube) to hold the esophagus open
  • Place a feeding tube through the abdominal wall


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Screening for Dysphagia
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Dysphagia Medications
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Dysphagia Prevention
How can you prevent Dysphagia? Read what the medical community suggests for prevention methods.
Dysphagia Treatment
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