There are many different causes of dysphagia.
Some common causes are:
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There are other causes of dysphagia but these are more common ones.
If you suspect that you or your loved one has dysphagia see your doctor right away. Some possible signs may include:
The most vital thing swallowing disorders affect is...your life!
If you consistently swallow food or liquid into your lungs, you can develop pneumonia (water in the lungs).
If your lungs get filled with water, that means there is less room for oxygen.
Without oxygen...you die.
For safety reasons, a person with a swallowing disorder may be limited to the food they can eat or require a feeding tube.
This would definitely affect your quality of life and could cause malnutrition.
I'm sure we all agree, that not being able to eat what you want...
...would be awful.