Jefferson University Hospitals


Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)

If you are experiencing dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, you may also find that you have bad breath, an altered sense of taste and cracked lips.

Dupuytren's Contracture

Dupuytren's contracture is a disease that causes a thickening of the collagen around the tendons in the hand which makes the fingers curl.


Dysmenorrhea is a menstrual condition characterized by severe and frequent menstrual cramps and pain.

Dysphagia (Swallowing Difficulties)

Any difficulty in swallowing is common among all age groups, especially the elderly, and can present with coughing, gagging and choking.


Dyspnea, shortness of breath, can be a symptom of many serious diseases affecting the lungs, the heart, circulation, blood or represent general ill health.