What Is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia means difficulty with feeding or swallowing. It is a symptom, not a disease. Oral dysphagia refers to problems with using the mouth, lips and tongue to control food or liquid. Pharyngeal dysphagia refers to problems in the throat during swallowing.

Dysphagia may lead to aspiration (where food or liquid gets into the lungs).

Dysphagia can affect a person at any age, from infants to the elderly.