Awards & Recognition
St. Joseph's Executive Leadership
History of St. Joseph's
Press Center and News
Research and Education
Sponsorship Request Application
People with dysphagia have difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia can make it hard to swallow food or liquids safely, or to swallow at all. It may feel like food is stuck or moving very slowly down your esophagus.
Dysphagia can occur when the muscles and nerves involved in swallowing do not work correctly. This can be a side effect of the following conditions:
Dysphagia can also result from a blockage in the throat or esophagus. This can occur in these conditions:
In severe cases, dysphagia can cause serious nutritional and medical problems. If you have symptoms of dysphagia, see your doctor as soon as possible.
The main symptom of dysphagia is trouble swallowing food or liquids, but there are other symptoms. If you have dysphagia, you may also experience:
The medical team at Norton Thoracic Institute will use one or more of the following tests to learn more about your swallowing problem:
The medical team at Norton Thoracic Institute will develop a treatment plan to meet your individual needs. This may include:
To learn more about our services, call 602.406.4000.