Dysphagia is the term used to describe when someone has difficulties swallowing. Some people have difficulties swallowing certain foods or fluids while others can’t swallow at all. Signs of dysphagia can include coughing and/or choking when eating and drinking, a sensation that food is stuck in the throat, persistent difficulties keeping saliva in the mouth, being unable to chew food effectively and a gurgly/wet voice when eating and drinking. If not managed safely dysphagia can result in recurrent chest infections or the more severe aspiration pneumonia, serious choking episodes, weight loss and dehydration.