Dysphagia

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 61–71

Aspiration and the elderly

Authors

  • Michael J. Feinberg
    • Department of RadiologyAlbert Einstein Medical Center
  • Janice Knebl
    • Department of MedicineFort Worth Osteopathic Hospital
  • Joann Tully
    • Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationPhiladelphia Geriatric Center
  • Linda Segall
    • Department of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationPhiladelphia Geriatric Center
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
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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

AspirationAspiration pneumoniaSwallowing, geriatricsDeglutitionDeglutition disorders
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990