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It is common to have trouble
swallowing, also called dysphagia, after a
stroke. You may not be able to feel food on one or
both sides of your mouth. You may also have problems chewing or producing enough
saliva. Or you may have other conditions that make eating difficult and
increase your risk of choking or breathing in food or liquids (aspiration).
Other things that may interfere
with normal eating include:
If you have eating problems after a stroke, you will need a
thorough evaluation by a speech therapist or another rehabilitation specialist.
You may need special X-rays to see how you are swallowing. As you recover from
a stroke, your rehabilitation team will monitor your progress. Swallowing and
eating problems often improve over time, but some may last for the rest of your
life. But there are many things you can do to make eating easier.
Work with your
speech therapist or other health professional to find out what help you need.
The following are some tips for eating and swallowing safely:
During meals and snacks, remember to:
If your therapist prescribes different food or fluid consistencies, remember to:
For mouth care after a stroke:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerRichard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Current as ofJune 4, 2016
Current as of:
June 4, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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