Difficulty Swallowing And Slurred Speech

Reviewed on 2/19/2021

Difficulty swallowing can be related to infections of the upper airway or to neurological problems that impair the swallowing process such as stroke or transient ischemic attack. Slurred speech can also be a sign of stroke or a drug reaction, including intoxication from drugs or alcohol. Signs of a stroke are a medical emergency that always require immediate medical attention. Contact your doctor any time you are worried about your symptoms.

While the list below can be considered as a guide to educate yourself about these conditions, this is not a substitute for a diagnosis from a health care provider. There are many other medical conditions that also can be associated with your symptoms and signs. Here are a number of those from MedicineNet:

At MedicineNet, we believe it is important to take charge of your health through measures such as a living healthy lifestyle, practicing preventative medicine, following a nutrition plan, and getting regular exercise. Understanding your symptoms and signs and educating yourself about health conditions are also a part of living your healthiest life. The links above will provide you with more detailed information on these medical conditions to help you inform yourself about the causes and available treatments for these conditions.

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