(HealthDay News) -- Dysphagia is the medical term for having difficulty swallowing.
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The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this list of potential causes:
- Gulping your food too fast or taking big bites.
- Having insufficient water with food.
- Eating while you lie down.
- Having an injury or disorder affecting the muscles and nerves, such as a stroke, Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis.
- Having damage to the esophagus, such as scar tissue from acid reflux.
- Having health problems that apply pressure to the esophagus, such as an enlarged heart or thyroid.
-- Diana Kohnle
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