Signs & Symptoms of Dysphagia

Patients suffering from dysphagia may experience the following:

  • Difficulty chewing
  • Difficulty initiating a swallow (gulping action)
  • Coughing/choking/gagging when swallowing
  • Difficulty controlling food in the mouth
  • Pain while swallowing
  • Feeling something “stuck” in the throat or behind the breastbone
  • Food or liquid “coming back up” after swallowing (regurgitation)
  • Frequent heartburn
  • Having food or stomach acid back up into the throat
  • Frequent throat clearing
  • Hoarseness
  • Drooling
  • Nasal drainage
  • Nasal regurgitation
  • Shortness of breath