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Dysphagia (Swallowing Problems) (cont.)

Dysphagia Follow-up

Follow-up recommendations depend upon the cause of the dysphagia and the type of treatment that has been performed. It is important to keep all follow-up appointments and follow the instructions of the health care provider.

Dysphagia Prevention

Dysphagia is preventable only to the extent that the underlying condition that caused the dysphagia is preventable. Many chronic neuromuscular conditions and diseases of connective tissue are not preventable.

Symptoms and complications of GERD can be minimized or prevented by medications (see previously).

Dysphagia Prognosis

It is not possible to predict the prognosis or outlook for dysphagia in general because so many different conditions can be responsible for this symptom. The outlook in each case is dependent upon the reason for the dysphagia and a patient's underlying medical condition(s).

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care


Drossman, D, ed. Rome III: The Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, 3rd ed, Degnon Associates, Inc, McLean, VA, 2006. Dysphagia.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/26/2016

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