Difficulty swallowing and swallowing disorders
The medical term for difficulty swallowing is dysphagia.
Symptoms can include:
- A feeling of choking or coughing when eating or drinking
- Regurgitating food (bringing up food)
- A feeling something is caught in your throat
Difficulty swallowing is usually caused by another condition such as stroke, dementia, problems with your oesophagus or gastro-oesophageal reflux. Your GP will perform a full examination and may order further tests. They may then refer you to a specialist consultant.