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If I have Parkinson's disease and trouble swallowing, what should I do?

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Talk with your doctor. She will refer you to a speech pathologist who can take a close look at how you swallow and figure out if aspiration could be a problem.

You may take a swallowing study, using foods and liquids of varying consistency.

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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