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WGO Practice Guideline - Dysphagia

Title: Dysphagia

Definition

Dysphagia either refers to the difficulty someone may have with initiating a swallow (usually referred to as oropharyngeal dysphagia) or it refers to the sensation that foods and or liquids are somehow hindered in their passage from the mouth to the stomach (usually referred to as esophageal dysphagia).
Dysphagia therefore is the “perception” that there is an impediment to the normal passage of swallowed material.

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  • J.R. Malagelada (Chair)
  • F. Bazzoli
  • A. Elewaut
  • M. Fried
  • J.H. Krabshuis
  • G. Lindberg
  • P. Malfertheiner
  • P. Sharma
  • N. Vakil

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