Tests on the muscles of the esophagus (the tube that goes from the back of the throat to the stomach)
Treatment will depend on what's causing your problems. You may need to work with a specialist. They can teach you how to improve your swallowing. There are exercises and techniques that you can learn. You may need to change your diet. This may mean eating softer foods.
The best way to prevent oropharyngeal dysphagia is to treat what's causing it.
Dysphagia. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/gastrointestinal-disorders/esophageal-and-swallowing-disorders/dysphagia. Updated April 2018. Accessed August 13, 2018.
Swallowing disorders in adults. American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association website. Available at: https://www.asha.org/public/speech/swallowing/Swallowing-Disorders-in-Adults. Accessed August 13, 2018.
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