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Swallowing difficulty


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Swallowing difficulty
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Whether it's taking a drink or a bite of food, you probably don't think much about the basic function that comes next — swallowing. When all is working right, the process of swallowing involves about 50 pairs of muscles and nerves all working in coordination to move what's in your mouth to your stomach.

A wide range of problems can cause swallowing difficulty (dysphagia). It may be difficult to initiate a swallow, or swallowed items may feel like they get hung up about halfway down to the stomach.



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