What is dysphagia?
Dysphagia is the medical term for problems
associated with swallowing. A person who has
dysphagia may notice symptoms such as difficulty
getting solids or liquids down, problems
swallowing medications, or frequent coughing and
choking while eating or drinking. Sometimes,
especially in the beginning, a person with
dysphagia may be unaware of any symptoms.
Without attention, dysphagia can adversely
affect quality of life and lead to reduced
eating pleasure, and in the extreme,
malnutrition, dehydration, and aspiration
What is the American Dysphagia Network?
We are professionals and lay people who
care about increasing awareness of dysphagia and
its prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. We
include a broad scope of interests: individuals
who have the condition, doctors, speech-language
pathologists and other health professionals,
caregivers, families, policy makers, and
funders. We have one thing in common—a
motivation to improve the quality of life for
individuals who have dysphagia. The Network's
website is a repository for resources and
educational materials about dysphagia.