Look for one or more of the following signs and symptoms of dysphagia to know if you, or your loved one, might be a candidate for dysphagia therapy:

  • Difficulty swallowing or initiating a swallow
  • Abnormal volitional cough
  • Decreased voice quality (wet, hoarse, weak)
  • Recurring chest infections
  • Swallowing difficulty: multiple swallows or special maneuvers required to clear throat
  • Difficulty completing a meal
  • Feeling of food being stuck in the throat
  • Soft diet or modified diet required (thickening, pureeing food; soft solids)
  • Spilling food or liquid from lips and/or drooling

If you, or your loved one, exhibit any of these signs and symptoms, consult with your doctor to determine if you have dysphagia.