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Roughly, 18 million Americans have soreness or difficulty while swallowing.
Severe swallowing disorders require long-term rehabilitation or surgery. Mild swallowing problems — although easier to treat — still may affect your quality of life.
At the UPMC Swallowing Disorders Center, we treat both severe and mild swallowing conditions.
If dysphagia — the medical term for swallowing issues — goes untreated, it may lead to severe problems such as:
Swallowing disorders and related nutrition issues can be the result of:
Side effects of medical treatments
Certain medical conditions
Chronic nervous system disorders
If you have concerns about swallowing and nutrition during radiation therapy for head or neck cancer, please see:
To make an appointment or learn more about treatment, call 412-647-6461 or email the UPMC Swallowing Disorders Center.
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