What is the prognosis of dysphagia-related dehydration?

Updated: Mar 20, 2020
  • Author: Nam-Jong Paik, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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Dysphagia can potentially lead to dehydration, while dehydration may itself be a risk factor for pneumonia for several reasons. First, it decreases salivary flow, which promotes altered colonization of the oropharynx; second, it may lead to lethargy, mental confusion, and increased aspiration; and third, it makes the person susceptible to infection by depressing the immune system.


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