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Definition of Dysphagia

Dysphagia: Difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia is due to abnormal nerve or muscle control. It is common, for example, after a stroke. Dysphagia can compromise nutrition and hydration and may lead to aspiration pneumonia and dehydration.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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