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Dysphagia pp 165-174 | Cite as

The Geriatric Pharynx and Esophagus

  • Olle Ekberg
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Abstract

Dysphagia is common in the elderly. This is mainly due to neurodegenerative abnormalities in the central nervous system. The elderly may be able to compensate, to a certain degree, for deterioration of function but the reserve capacity is much less than in younger. Understanding of the normal aging process as well as disease processes common in the elderly is important for diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia in the elderly.

Keywords

Hyoid Bone Esophageal Dysmotility Diffuse Esophageal Spasm Laryngeal Closure Nutcracker Esophagus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Diagnostic Centre of Imaging and Functional MedicineSkåne University HospitalMalmöSweden

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