Swallowing disorders (dysphagia)

Problems with swallowing can occur as a result of reduced functioning of the oral cavity and throat muscles. This occurs in around 40% of all patients with MS, but is mainly seen in advanced stages of the disease. Food and/or drink can go down the trachea rather than the oesophagus, and form a risk of lung infections.

Swallowing problems can be limited in some cases. It can also happen that there's no problem with swallowing, but eating becomes tiring or chewing becomes difficult. A fast and targeted approach can prevent all sorts of difficulties.

For swallowing problems, the swallowing team will look for a solution together with you. The swallowing team consists of a doctor, nurse, speech therapist, dietitian and if necessary an occupational therapist. Good swallowing function is important for general health. Swallowing problems must be diagnosed as quickly as possible.