By Jeanie Lamka, Speak and Language Pathologist at Ochsner
Jeanie Lamka discusses issues with difficulties in swallowing. Swallowing starts when food is placed in the mouth and chewed. The food is transferred to the base of tongue and then is quickly taken down the pharynx through the esophagus to the stomach. Symptoms of having difficulty with swallowing include problems chewing food, coughing or choking. Neurological problems can cause difficulties with swallowing, including brain and head injuries. When swallowing becomes painful, a visit to the doctor is recommended.
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