An estimated 15 million people in the United States have a diagnosis of dysphagia with nearly one million people receiving a new diagnosis of dysphagia each year.
Nearly 60,000 people die each year from complications associated with swallowing disorders.* In looking to our geriatric population, the complications associated with dysphagia greatly increase, with 40-75% of long term care residents experiencing symptoms of dysphagia.
People with dysphagia have difficulty swallowing and may also experience pain while swallowing. Some people may be completely unable to swallow or may have trouble swallowing liquids, foods, or even saliva. When eating becomes a challenge, dysphagia can make it difficult to take in enough calories and fluids to nourish the body. Other serious health risks can occur such as aspiration, pneumonia, dehydration, weight loss and airway obstruction.
At SDX, our expert FEES testing not only diagnoses the cause of dysphagia but also determines dietary and compensatory strategies for treatment.
COMMON DYSPHAGIA SIGNS & SYMPTOMS REPORTED
*National Library of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control.
Dysphagia / Swallowing Disorders
POSSIBLE CAUSES OF DYSPHAGIA