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Dysphagia and safe swallowing

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Once identified, people with dysphagia are usually Once identified, people with dysphagia are usually referred to a speech therapist for further assessment of swallowing

The term dysphagia comes from the Latin 'dys', meaning difficulty, and the Greek 'phagia', meaning eat or swallow. Dysphagia literally means difficulty eating or swallowing.

The normal swallow has four phases (see Table 1) and is dependent on an intact motor and nervous system.1


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