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Swallowing

People may experience swallowing difficulties due to a variety of medical causes such as after an acute trauma i.e. Head Injury or a Brain Tumor. Swallowing difficulties may also result from long term medical conditions such as Cerebral Palsy.

If a person is having swallowing difficulties it is important for them to see their GP as soon as possible. They will then be able to be referred to a Speech Pathologist for further swallow assessment and intervention.

Adults may experience swallowing difficulties as a result of a variety of medical causes such as:

  • Acute trauma i.e. Head Injury or Stroke
  • Progressive Diseases i.e. Motor Neurone Disease
  • Long term medical conditions i.e. Cerebral Palsy

Swallowing Difficulties may arise from:

  • Poor Posture
  • Weakened muscles in the neck, face or mouth
  • Reduced sensation in the pharynx and larynx
  • Behavioural reasons such as refusal to eat
  • Cognitive reasons such as inability to recognise food

If a person is having swallowing difficulties it is important for them to see their GP as soon as possible. They will then be able to be referred to a Speech Pathologist for further swallow assessment and intervention.

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