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Understanding dysphagia

Dysphagia is the term used to describe difficulty in swallowing, that has devastating consequences, such as malnutrition, dehydration and aspiration pneumonia. This symptom is a highly prevalent co-morbidity among patients suffering from a range of conditions including stroke, neurodegenerative diseases, patients treated for head and neck cancer, and among older adults. Dysphagia generally occurs in all age groups, including pediatric patients.​

Thickening liquids and food texture modification is an effective and safe method of improving patients’ swallowing ability, improving nutritional intake and reducing the risk of aspiration.​

Our range of nutritional solutions such as ThickenUp Junior, ThickenUp and ThickenUp Clear for pediatrics and adults, as well as our Texture Modified Food products, are tailored-made to improve swallowing function and decrease the risk of complications of dysphagia.​

We are engaged in promoting The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) framework terminology and support its development across the world, in all care settings and for all cultures.
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