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Many people have trouble swallowing at some time, perhaps because of a sore throat or tonsillitis or because of extreme anxiety. Feeling as though you have a lump in your throat is common when we are stressed or very nervous.

For some people, however, swallowing difficulties can create real distress as they prevent eating and drinking in social situations. This is known as dysphagia and although patients may be reluctant to mention it to their doctor, there is no need to suffer unnecessarily.

Who experiences swallowing difficulties?

Dsyphagia becomes more common with age and many elderly people experience swallowing difficulties, particularly if they have to take several tablets a day.

Swallowing problems are also more common if you:

  • are recovering after a stroke: around 8 out of 10 patients who have had a stroke will develop dysphagia.
  • have Parkinson’s disease: swallowing problems affect around 6 out of 10 patients with symptomatic Parkinson’s.
  • have long-standing diabetes: the peripheral nerve damage that occurs in diabetes can interfere with the process of swallowing.
  • have had throat surgery, have been intubated for a long period (such as in intensive care) or who have had radiotherapy to the throat, head or neck.
  • have Alzheimer’s disease or motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis.
  • have had salivary gland problems, or who have had salivary glands removed and who cannot produce enough saliva.
  • have a dry mouth due to some other cause, such as those who experience a lack of saliva as an adverse effect of medication.
  • have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which acid from the stomach enters the oesophagus and damages some of the nerves that are important for swallowing.

At The London Clinic, we have ear, nose and throat specialists with expertise in diagnosing and treating various types of swallowing disorders.

Main numbers

General enquiries: 020 7935 4444 Appointments: 020 7616 7693 Self-Pay: 020 3219 3315

Contact numbers for service departments

Other numbers

Concierge service: 020 3219 3323International office: 020 3219 3266Invoice and payment enquiries: 020 7616 7708Press office 020 7616 7676

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