ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Difficulty swallowing can lead to:
Oct. 15, 2014
- Malnutrition, weight loss and dehydration. Dysphagia can make it difficult to take in adequate nourishment and fluids.
- Respiratory problems. Food or liquid entering your airway when you try to swallow can cause respiratory problems, such as pneumonia or upper respiratory infections.
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