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Here are signs to look for. It's important to be evaluated for a swallowing
disorder if you or a loved one has:
TROUBLE SWALLOWING (sensation of food and medications sticking or
moving slowly in the chest)
CONSTANT FEELING OF A LUMP
in the throat
COUGHING OR CHOKING with
eating or drinking
RECURRENT PNEUMONIA
WEIGHT LOSS
The first step to an evaluation is taking a detailed medical history and getting an X-ray of the swallowing process.
"Primarily, there are two different types
of swallowing disorders. One is related
to liquids. That's a whole different set of

problems than the other type, which is
related to solid foods," Dr. Daniero says.

Making Swallowing
SAFER, EASIER

Depending on the cause of the dysphagia, treatment typically involves exercises or changes to someone's diet. This
is where a speech-language pathologist
(SLP) is key. These experts are the primary providers for those who have swallowing and feeding issues.
"As funny as it sounds, there are
exercises for swallowing," says Casey
Resnick, an SLP, who works alongside Dr. Daniero at the UVA Voice and
Swallowing Clinic. "We can prescribe
exercises once we know the biomechanics of the problem," she adds.

SLPs are experts in recommending modifications to someone's diet
to keep them from choking or getting
food or liquid into their lungs, both
potentially life-threatening conditions.
Thickened liquids or softer, pureed
foods can be key to keeping someone
safe while swallowing.
Some conditions can be treated with
a surgical option. "Surgical candidates
typically have trouble with solid food,"
says Dr. Daniero, one of only several
otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat
specialists) in Virginia with fellowship training in swallowing disorders.
"These are my favorite patients to see
after surgery because they come in and
they are just so happy that they can
resume a normal life. They can go out
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