Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe difficulty swallowing. People with dysphagia may have difficulty safely swallowing liquids and foods. Your healthcare professional will likely conduct a test to see if you have dysphagia and if thickening food and beverages can help. CLEAR DysphagiAide® helps thicken food and beverages to the desired consistency for those diagnosed with dysphagia.
Dysphagia is the result of other health conditions, such as stroke, head injury, dementia, MS, MSA, ALS, Huntington's Disease, Cerebral Palsy and cancer just to name a few. Dysphagia poses a potential danger of choking and aspiration, while increasing the likelihood of dehydration and malnutrition.
Learn more about dysphagia and organizations that cater to people with swallowing disorders.
NFOSD is dedicated to providing direct patient support, education, and research; raising public, professional and governmental awareness, and advancing the prevention and treatment of swallowing disorders.
IDDSI is an international collaboration of professionals who developed a standardized framework for labeling texture-modified foods and thickened liquids. The framework is designed to avoid the confusion created by variable terminology and definitions to describe modified diets around the world.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website provides information and resources for professionals, patients, and care givers. You can also find a SLP care provider.
Dysphagia occurs 30-50% of individualswho have had a stroke. Click below for information about dysphagia after a stroke
More than 80% of people with Parkinson's develop dysphagia during the course of the disease. Click below for information about dysphagia and Parkinson's Disease
Dysphagia is especially prevalent among the elderly; for instance, studies suggest that up to 75 percent of nursing home residents experience some degree of dysphagia, and that as many as half of all Americans over 60 will experience dysphagia at some point after that age.
According to medical research, as many as 90 percent of children with Cerebral Palsy may show symptoms of dysphagia.