Dysphagia

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 61–71

Aspiration and the elderly

  • Michael J. Feinberg
  • Janice Knebl
  • Joann Tully
  • Linda Segall
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02412646

Cite this article as:
Feinberg, M.J., Knebl, J., Tully, J. et al. Dysphagia (1990) 5: 61. doi:10.1007/BF02412646

Abstract

Aspiration is prevalent in the elderly but its association with impairment of oral intake and gastroesophageal reflux is often misunderstood. This paper describes the causes, pathophysiology, and consequences of aspiration and their unique features in aged persons. It also explains how videofluoroscopic evaluation can assess current function while limiting factors that result in misinformation. The management of aspiration is discussed, emphasizing the importance and difficulties in maintaining functional well-being and possible complications of therapy.

Key words

Aspiration Aspiration pneumonia Swallowing, geriatrics Deglutition Deglutition disorders 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael J. Feinberg
    • 3
  • Janice Knebl
    • 1
  • Joann Tully
    • 2
  • Linda Segall
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MedicineFort Worth Osteopathic HospitalFort WorthUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationPhiladelphia Geriatric CenterPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyAlbert Einstein Medical CenterPhiladelphiaUSA

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