Roughly, 18 million Americans have soreness or difficulty while swallowing.
Severe swallowing disorders require long-term rehabilitation or surgery. Mild swallowing problems — although easier to treat — still may affect your quality of life.
At the UPMC Swallowing Disorders Center, we treat both severe and mild swallowing conditions.
Risks of Untreated Swallowing Disorders
If dysphagia — the medical term for swallowing issues — goes untreated, it may lead to severe problems such as:
- Aspiration pneumonia — an infection that may result from food or liquid entering the lungs
- Chronic bronchitis
- Pulmonary fibrosis
Causes of Swallowing Disorders and Nutrition Issues
Swallowing disorders and related nutrition issues can be the result of:
|Side effects of medical treatments||
|Certain medical conditions||
|Chronic nervous system disorders||