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Hong Kong Adventist Hospital,
40 Stubbs Road, Hong Kong
(852) 3651 8888
4001 206 016 (China Toll Free)
(852) 3651 8800

The Hong Kong Adventist Hospital offers specialist physicians in respiratory medicine, speech therapists and dietitians, who are devoted in helping patients in a comprehensive, personalized and advanced assessment and rehabilitation program.


What is Dysphagia?

Dysphagia, also referred to as swallowing disorder, refers to difficulties in swallowing that may occur at any stage of the swallowing process. Swallowing disorder can happen along with various medical conditions such as:

  • Stroke
  • Parkinsonism
  • Dementia
  • Head and neck tumour
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Astham
  • Sleep apnoea


Often, dysphagia is a result of impaired neural control to the muscles that are responsible for swallowing. The disorder can arise from treatment-related side-effects such as muscle fibrosis or an altered anatomy of the swallowing track after surgery. It also affects the elderly due to deterioration of neural control and muscle loss as well as children who are premature, or have developmental problems, or congenital diseases.


What are the Signs of Dysphagia? 

Patients who have dysphagia may show one or a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Coughing or choking during and after eating
  • Retaining food in the mouth for a length of time
  • Food residue remains in the mouth after swallowing
  • Nasal regurgitation (food and liquids seeping through the nose)
  • Weight loss
  • Drooling
  • Repeated chest infections or pneumonia
  • Swallowing discomfort or the feeling of food lodged in the throat
  • Unclear / “wet” voice during or after eating
  • Respiratory distress during or after eating
  • Malnutrition
  • Dehydration



Evaluation and Diagnosis

Initial assessment includes taking a detailed medical history and performing a physical examination of swallowing function.


Further examination may be required and could include x-rays, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES), pH probe, and tests for the diagnosis of muscular dystrophy and metabolic myopathies.


EAT-10: A Swallowing Screening Tool>>


For more information,  >> Dysphagia Rehabilitation Program Assessment and Treatment





G/F, Hong Kong Adventist Hospital
40 Stubbs Road , Hong Kong


(852) 3651 8629


Respiratory Medicine
Dr. Tsang Wah Tak, Kenneth
  • MBChB (Glasg)
  • MD (Hons) (Glasg)
  • MRCP (UK)
  • FRCP (Edin)
  • FRCP (Glasg)
  • FRCP (Lond)
  • FHKAM (Medicine)

G/F, Hong Kong Adventist Hospital
40 Stubbs Road , Hong Kong


(852) 3651 8629