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If I have Parkinson's disease and trouble swallowing, what can that mean?

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If you have Parkinson's disease, and it's hard for you to swallow, you have a higher chance of aspiration (inhaling fluid or stomach contents into the lungs) and pneumonia. For some, special swallowing techniques are enough to ease these problems. Others need to change their diet.

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Speech & Swallowing."

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research: "Support and Caregiving."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Managing Your PD."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "What is Parkinson's Disease?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 04, 2017

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Speech & Swallowing."

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research: "Support and Caregiving."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Managing Your PD."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "What is Parkinson's Disease?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 04, 2017

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