Dysphagia vs. Dysphasia

by Rachel on November 23, 2010

When to use dysphagia and dysphasia.  Simply put:

Dysphagia means difficulty swallowing.

Dysphasia means difficulty speaking.

Some tell me that they remember dysphasia by the “s” in phasia having to do with speech and the “g” in phagia having to do with gastrointestinal or swallowing.  Does anyone have another way that they remember the difference between the 2 words?

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie November 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm

The “s” in phasia also helps remind me of the difficulty speaking. The “g” in phagia, however, reminds me of gagging (which is something we might do if we have difficulty swallowing). It’s sort of silly, but it did help me remember.

Rachel November 30, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Thanks for sharing, Debbie! Everyone has their own way of remembering these words. Yours is great!

Kaydian December 1, 2010 at 8:16 am

I was having difficulty letting these two stick but i thank u for the explanantion……

Carrie December 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I use similar ways to remember the difference and will use other diagnoses to help me determine which one the doctor is referring to, but what do you do when it is just listed without contributing symptoms – how do you know whether it’s dysphagia or dysphasia?

Rachel December 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm

If there are no contributing symptoms and the dictator does not put emphasis on pronouncing the s or g, I would not know for positive. I will put this question in the forum and see if any other MTs have any other ideas. Thanks, Carrie!

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