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Understanding dysphagia

Dysphagia is the term used to describe difficulty in swallowing, that has devastating consequences, such as malnutrition, dehydration and aspiration pneumonia. This symptom is a highly prevalent co-morbidity among patients suffering from a range of conditions including stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, patients treated for head and neck cancer, and among older adults. Dysphagia generally occurs in all age groups, including pediatric patients.​

Thickening liquids and food texture modification is an effective and safe method of improving patients’ swallowing ability, improving nutritional intake and reducing the risk of aspiration.​

ThickenUp for kids and adults helps improve swallowing function and decrease the risk of complications of dysphagia.​

We are engaged in promoting The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) framework terminology and support its development across the world, in all care settings and for all cultures.


Tools and Resources

EAT 10 Final Toolkit

A validated instrument designed for dysphagia patients. It may be important for you to talk with your physician about treatment options for symptoms.


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