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Tay-Sachs, Canavan, GM1 and Sandhoff diseases

Swallowing Difficulties

Late Onset (LOTS)
Tay-Sachs, Sandhoff and GM1 diseases

If you are affected with LOTS, eating and drinking safely are common challenges. Difficulty swallowing is called dysphagia. In LOTS it is caused by weakened or damaged muscles and nerves used for swallowing which can lead to aspiration pneumonia. Aspiration pneumonia occurs when small particles of food or liquid get into the lungs and cause respiratory infection. It can be very debilitating and every effort should be made to reduce the risk of getting it.

Read more:

The Swallowing Process - understand how it works

Dysphagia - problems with swallowing

Speech-Language Pathologist Assistance - getting help to reduce these challenges

Tips For Swallowing More Safely