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Section 1: Dysphagia symptoms

Dysphagia symptoms:

  • Takes a long time to chew
  • Food gets stuck in your throat
  • changes in voice, including nasal or 'wet' speech
  • Difficulty chewing or controlling food in the mouth
  • Coughing or choking when swallowing
  • Changes in eating habits - e.g. eating slowly, or avoiding meals altogether
  • Significant, unintended weight loss
  • Recurrent chest infections or pneumonia
  • Food in the nose
  • General weakness, a noticeable change in mental status, and the overall effects of losing strength

'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital