- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
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
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.
If the esophagus is too narrow, instruments may be used to slowly stretch the esophagus.
Other Nonsurgical Treatments
- 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
What It Is
Learn the basics of this condition. Find out what you're dealing with.
What causes Dysphagia? Learn what the medical community has uncovered.
Are you at risk of getting Dysphagia? Inside you'll find known risk factors for the condition.
How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, process, and more.
What are the Dysphagia symptoms? Are you showing any? Learn more today.
Can this condition lead to other health problems? Learn more about the known complications.
Learn more about the specific tests or exams given by your doctor to screen for Dysphagia.
What medications offer relief or help with this condition? Are there side effects? Risks? Learn more.
How can you prevent Dysphagia? Read what the medical community suggests for prevention methods.
Can this condition be treated? What Dysphagia treatment options are available?
Learn more about the day to day care of this condition. Changes to your activity, diet, exercise, and more.
Find a Doctor
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