What causes dysphagia in geriatric patients?

Updated: Mar 20, 2020
  • Author: Nam-Jong Paik, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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The prevalence of dysphagia increases with age, making dysphagia is a major health-care problem in elderly patients. Normal aging alters some aspects of the swallowing function; problems include increased oral and pharyngeal transit times, poor bolus control and coordination, increased magnitude and duration of pharyngeal pressures, and increased incidence of pharyngeal residue after swallowing. [8]


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