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How can polymyositis affect my ability to swallow?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Polymyositis may cause you to develop difficulty swallowing. Polymyositis is a general term for a group of diseases that cause muscles to become inflamed. The main symptom of polymyositis is muscle weakness. Swallowing food requires coordinated muscle movement, so this condition may make it difficult to eat. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop this problem, which is known as dysphagia.

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