Dysphagia happens when there are problems with the swallowing process. Oropharyngeal dysphagia occurs when there are problems with the swallowing process that happen in the mouth and the pharynx. The pharynx is the part of the throat behind the mouth
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Oropharyngeal dysphagia may be caused by:
- Neuromuscular disorders such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, andHuntington chorea
- Neurological damage such as brain or spinal cord injury
- Tumors in the mouth or throat
- Pouches in the pharynx such as Zenker's diverticulum
- Infection such as pharyngitis, tonsillitis, strep throat, or acute epiglottitis
- Enlarged thyroid
- Enlarged tonsil
Last reviewedAugust 2013by Daus Mahnke, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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