Welcome to The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD). The NFOSD website is a virtual forum bringing together topical information, patient support, education, research and all things related to the advancement and treatment of Dysphagia. Whether you’re a newly diagnosed patient, a veteran survivor, caregiver, doctor, student or speech and language pathologist, this website is intended to educate, comfort and inspire you. Designed with your needs in mind, the website is easy to navigate allowing you to effortlessly pick and choose the information that is most relevant and helpful to you. We hope the NFOSD website is a useful and positive resource for you, thank you for finding us.
What is Dysphagia?
Dysphagia is a medical condition that causes a person to have problems swallowing. Weak muscles in the mouth and throat areas can cause the problem. A restricted amount of saliva production, problems with the brain affecting the body’s nervous system, or damage in a person’s esophagus can also cause dysphagia.
Those most commonly affected by dysphagia are the elderly, those who have had a stroke, individuals with multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, and people with Alzheimer’s disease. Those who suffer from nervous system disorders or head, neck, and spinal cord injuries are also more prone to dysphagia. In addition, individuals who have had internal burns from poisoning or radiotherapy, as well as people who have an infection or other problems in the mouth or throat area, are more likely to develop dysphagia. (www.wisegeek.com)