Swallowing

Dysphagia, or difficulty in swallowing, can occur among people with multiple sclerosis.

It can occur at any stage of the disease but it’s more frequent in advanced stages. People may choke while drinking liquids, or eating certain foods, particularly those with crumbly textures.

When this happens, the food or liquids are inhaled into the trachea (windpipe) instead of going down the esophagus (gullet) and into the stomach. Once in the lungs, the inhaled food or liquids can cause pneumonia or abscesses.

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Common symptoms

Multiple sclerosis symptoms are varied and unpredictable, depending on which part of the central nervous system is affected and to what degree.

Symptom management

There are several treatments available to ease specific symptoms and slow the progression of multiple sclerosis.


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