Difficult to Swallow

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Bret Mobley, MD, MS (Neuropathology)

Shohei Harase

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

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  • Food / water doesn't go down the throat easily

  • Food can't go down and just stays in my throat

  • Voice comes from the nose rather than mouth

  • Water doesn't go down the throat

  • It is hard to swallow food / water

  • Food gets caught on something when I swallow

  • Fluids can't go down the throat

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Difficulty swallowing. It can be caused by brain conditions or by disorders of the throat such as reflux.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Hard to swallow food or water

Possible causes

Related serious diseases

  • Dehydration

    Dehydration occurs when you lose more fluid than you take in, and your body does not have as much water as it needs. Common causes of dehydration include inadequate intake, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. Dehydration can also lead to serious complications including seizures, urinary and kidney problems.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have difficulty swallowing (e.g food or water)?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have a sore throat?

  • Do you have heartburn?

  • Do you have slurred speech?

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Bret Mobley, MD, MS (Neuropathology)

Shohei Harase

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

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