The medical term for difficulty swallowing is dysphagia.

Possible causes

Difficulty eating, drinking or managing saliva may develop for a number of reasons, including:

Signs of a swallowing problem

Some indicators of swallowing problems include:

Swallowing problems may originate in the mouth, in the throat, or in the oesophagus.

Swallowing difficulties may be only slight, such as difficulty swallowing tablets, or they may be more severe – interfering with enjoyment of everyday eating and drinking.

Swallowing difficulties can be life-threatening. They may result in choking incidents, chronic chest infections, and in some cases malnutrition and dehydration.