Symptoms of Difficulty in Swallowing (Dysphagia)

Dysphagia that has the name of swallowing difficulty in medical language is a condition that requires more time and effort than usual when food and drinks are taken orally. Difficulty in swallowing can also be with pain. In some serious cases, it is impossible to swallow both solid and liquid foods and beverages.

Often difficulty in swallowing is not a serious and permanent problem. Since often foods are swallowed too quickly or they are not chewed enough, there will be difficulty in swallowing. However, problems of difficulty in swallowing, which become permanent, also require medical treatment.


Difficulty in swallowing may occur at any age, but it is more common in the elderly. There are different reasons for severe swallowing difficulties, and the treatment to be applied depends on these reasons. Therefore determining the reasons that cause difficulty in swallowing is important to assign the treatment.

What Are The Symptoms?

Symptoms that may be associated with swallowing difficulty include:

  • Pain during swallowing (odynophagia),

  • Swallowing is not possible,

  • The feeling that the food is stuck in the throat, chest or back of the chest (sternum)

  • Mouthwash flows,

  • Hoarseness,

  • Return of food,

  • Frequent acid indication,

  • Accumulation of food and stomach acid in the throat,

  • Unexpected weight loss,

  • Coughing during swallowing.


Symptoms That Indicate Swallowing Difficulties In Babies And Children Include:

  • Lack of attention during breastfeeding or eating,

  • The body is stiff or crusty during feeding,

  • Refusal to eat,

  • Breastfeeding and eating takes 30 minutes or longer,

  • Problems with breastfeeding,

  • Food or fluid coming from the mouth,

  • Coughing or asphyxia during breastfeeding or eating,

  • Spitting or vomiting of the child during feeding or breastfeeding,

  • Having trouble breathing while eating or drinking,

  • Gaining weight and slowing growth,

  • Symptoms such as recurrent lung inflammation can be seen in babies and children.



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