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The paper explains that dysphagia means difficulty swallowing and it is sometimes referred to as a symptom, sign or a condition on its own. The paper relates that it is not uncommon for people with dysphagia to not know that they have it. The paper asserts that swallowing disorders are common at all ages, and many times, dysphagia is a result of a congenital abnormality. The paper explains that structural damage is also a cause of dysphagia as are other medical conditions, and dysphagia is evident more with the elderly especially those who have had strokes. The paper notes that children also have dysphagia due to congenital abnormalities, and medical conditions that cause dysphagia are head and neck cancer, Parkinson's diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, Shy-Drager syndrome and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
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Speech-Language Pathology (2008, December 01) Retrieved December 09, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/speech-language-pathology-141808/
"Speech-Language Pathology" 01 December 2008. Web. 09 December. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/speech-language-pathology-141808/>