This information is for health and social care professionals.

If you are living with MND or are affected by MND you may prefer to visit our information on eating and drinking.

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a progressive and terminal disease that results in degeneration of the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord.

Swallowing problems affect at least two-thirds of all people with MND during the course of their illness.

When a patient presents with this symptom, deterioration is inevitable and referral to appropriate professionals should be made without delay.

There may be times when a person with dysphagia will have episodes of coughing and choking. Even though a choking episode is very distressing for them and their carer at the time, they can be reassured that it is virtually never a direct cause of death.

Useful resources

More information can be found in our information sheet for health and social care professionals:


For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262