The symptoms listed here are the most commonly reported although any perceived difficulty eating/swallowing should be reported to your doctor or SLP for further evaluation. · Coughing/choking during meals · Drooling · Longer than standard meal times · Sensation of food/liquid remaining in the throat following the swallow · Regurgitating solids after attempting to swallow · Food/liquid coming through the nose · Painful swallowing
Any one of these symptoms is sufficient to warrant a swallow evaluation and many patients may experience several of these symptoms simultaneously. Regardless of how many symptoms may be present, it is important to have an objective swallow evaluation conducted to determine the presence of dysphagia, the apparent causes, possible treatment options and appropriate feeding guidelines to ensure safe and efficient nutritional intake.
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