People with COPD are at increased risk for dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). You might have a higher risk for aspiration pneumonia if you have any of these signs and symptoms:

  • Drooling of saliva or food from the mouth
  • Hesitation or inability to swallow
  • Coughing or choking before, during, or after swallowing
  • Wet, gurgly voice after swallowing
  • Multiple swallows per mouthful
  • Significantly increased time to complete a meal
  • Pain with swallowing
  • Sensation of food sticking in the throat
  • A need to "wash down" solid food

Publication Review By: Peter B. Terry, M.D., M.A.

Published: 12 Aug 2013

Last Modified: 12 Aug 2013