• Access to quality screening Colonoscopy

Swallowing Problems (Dysphagia)

What is dysphagia?

  • Dysphagia is a problem with swallowing
  • You may have problems swallowing food, drink or tablets

What happens when you have dysphagia?

When food or drink is in your mouth you may have problems with:

  • Holding food and drink in your mouth
  • Chewing
  • Moving food and drink to the back of your mouth
  • Clearing food and drink from your cheeks

When food or drink is in your throat you may have problems with:

  • Coughing or choking
  • Food or drink coming out your nose
  • Food getting stuck in your throat

When food or drink is in your food pipe you may have problems with:

  • Heartburn
  • Reflux

What can happen because of dysphagia?

  • Food or drink going into the airway instead of the food pipe
  • Chest infections
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Choking
  • Weight loss
  • Hospital stays
  • Avoiding food and drink

What causes dysphagia?

  • Damage to the part of the brain that controls swallowing
  • Surgery to the mouth, throat, spine, head or brain
  • Cancer of the mouth, throat, head or neck
  • Breathing problems

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Peninsula Gastroenterology

Peninsula Business Centre
(between McGrath Real Estate and Headquarters Hair Studio)
Level 5, 20 Bungan Street
Mona Vale NSW 2103

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Peninsula Gastroenterology
Northern Beaches Hospital
Specialist Suite 19, Level 7
105 Frenchs Forest Road
Frenchs Forest NSW 2086

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