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Dysphagia: Difficulty in swallowing, swallowing problems. Dysphagia is due to problems in nerve or muscle control. It is common, for example, after a stroke. Dysphagia compromises nutrition and hydration and may lead to aspiration pneumonia and dehydration.

Phagein in Greek means to eat. Trouble eating.

Common Misspellings: disphagia

Dysphagia is the medical term for the symptom of difficulty in swallowing. Although classified under “symptoms and signs” in ICD-10,[5] the term is sometimes used as a condition in it's own right. Sufferers are sometimes unaware of their dysphagia.

It derives from the Greek root dys meaning difficulty or disordered, and phagia meaning “to eat”. It is a sensation that suggests difficulty in the passage of solids or liquids from the mouth to the stomach. Dysphagia is distinguished from other symptoms including odynophagia, which is defined as painful swallowing, and globus, which is the sensation of a lump in the throat. A psychogenic dysphagia is known as phagophobia.

ICD 10

Dysphagia Difficulty in swallowing


Dysphagia 787.2 is a non-specific code that cannot be used to specify a diagnosis

Code first, if applicable, dysphagia due to late effect of cerebrovascular accident (438.82)

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