, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 61-71

Aspiration and the elderly

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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.