Swallowing Problems

What is Swallowing?

Swallowing is a very complex pattern of nerve and muscle interactions that we often take for granted. The swallow is typically described in stages; there is an oral stage (in the mouth), an oropharyngeal stage (where food transitions from the mouth to the throat), a pharyngeal stage (where the food travels down the throat), a pharyngoesophageal stage (where the food transitions from the throat to the esophagus) and an esophageal stage (where the food travels down the esophagus). Abnormalities at any stage can cause difficulty with normal eating.