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Types of Dysphagia

Choking When Eating
Choking When Eating

Dysphagia is when you have difficulty swallowing. You may experience this if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Dysphagia may occur occasionally or on a more regular basis. The frequency depends on the severity of your reflux and your treatment.

Coughing or Gagging When Swallowing
Coughing or Gagging When Swallowing

Cough, Difficulty swallowing (Neck (front)), Difficulty swallowing (Chest (sternum)) and Gagging WebMD Symptom Checker helps you find the most common medical conditions indicated by the symptoms cough, difficulty swallowing (neck (front)), difficulty swallowing (chest (sternum)) and gagging including Common cold, Bronchitis, and Heartburn/GERD.

Drooling
Drooling

Drooling If you have dysphagia, you might notice excessive saliva production and drooling. Medically, drooling is known as ptyalism, and it refers to the spillage of saliva over the lower lip.

Hoarseness
Hoarseness

Dysphagia is a disorder that causes difficulty in swallowing and successfully moving food from the mouth to the stomach. For some, dysphagia causes pain and involuntary expulsion of food. For others, it is simply an inconvenience that manifests only occasionally.

Recurrent Heartburn
Recurrent Heartburn

Dysphagia can be frightening, but it isn’t always a chronic condition. Alert your doctor to any swallowing difficulties and other symptoms of GERD that you’re experiencing. Difficulty swallowing associated with GERD can be treated with prescription medications to reduce stomach acid.

Unexplained Weight Loss
Unexplained Weight Loss

Unexplained weight loss, or losing weight without trying — particularly if it's significant or persistent — may be a sign of an underlying medical disorder. The point at which unexplained weight loss becomes a medical concern is not exact.

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