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Troubles de la déglutition de la personne âgée [Swallowing disorders in the elderly].
Revue Médicale Suisse
Publication types: English Abstract ; Journal Article
Swallowing disorders are common in the elderly and may become life-threatening when they cause aspiration, inhalation pneumonia, malnutrition or dehydration. Dysphagia and malnutrition go hand in hand and lead to progressive worsening of mobility, immunity and quality of life. The aging of swallowing, so-called presbyphagia, is still not noticeable by 65. It becomes clinically relevant from 80 years onwards, especially during intercurrent and neurodegenerative disease, oncological treatments, or after trauma. This article aims to help practitioners in detecting these disorders and to implement appropriate therapeutic measures, which are often easy and may imply a multidisciplinary approach.
Aged, Aging/physiology, Deglutition/physiology, Deglutition Disorders/diagnosis, Deglutition Disorders/physiopathology, Humans
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