Dysphagia is a medical term that is used to refer to difficulties with swallowing. Some people with dysphagia have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others are completely unable to swallow.
Dysphagia usually arises as a complication of another health condition, such as a stroke, throat and mouth cancer or gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), which is a condition where stomach acid leaks back up into the oesophagus. The oesophagus is the tube that runs from your stomach to your throat.
There are two types of dysphagia:
- Oropharyngeal or high dysphagia. This is where the difficulties in swallowing are due to problems with the mouth or throat.
- Esophageal or low dysphagia. This is where the difficulties in swallowing are due to problems with the oesophagus.
The NHS website provides more information on dysphagia
Support we offer
We currently have no courses specifically about dysphagia. But if you would like to discuss any support we may be able to offer regarding dysphagia, please contact Maria Hayward