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SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY PRIVATE PRACTICE
These signs and symptoms can vary in severity and combinations. They can also change over time which is why it is important to seek professional help as soon as possible.
Why Could I have Dysphagia?
There are many causes of dysphagia that can impact or damage the central nervous system and/or cranial nerves, brain cortesis, or the anatomy of the head and neck such as tongue, vocal folds, esophagus, etc. Some of the leading causes are:
How Can I Get Help?
If you notice any signs and symptoms you can immediately go to your health provider to further discuss your eating and drinking difficulties. You can also seek out a speech-language pathologist near you who specializes in dysphasia.
Will It Go Away?
While it may be possible that your original swallowing abilities may never fully resolve with therapy and changes in diet, you may see improvements. This can greatly reduce your risk for aspiration pneumonia and can improve your enjoyment of eating and drinking.
(2021, October 20). Dysphagia. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dysphagia/symptoms-causes/syc-20372028
Adult Dysphagia. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. https://www.asha.org/practice-portal/clinical-topics/adult-dysphagia/#collapse_6
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