Why Does This Person Have Dysphagia? Individuals of advanced age may have multiple medical conditions that contribute to their dysphagia symptoms; these cases can present diagnostic challenges for the clinician. To develop an appropriate treatment plan, the clinician must use a swallowing assessment that first identifies all of the factors that could contribute to the individual’s ... Article
Article  |   January 2012
Why Does This Person Have Dysphagia?
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Andrea M. Tobochnik
    Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Faith P. Bitely
    Bronson Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI
  • © 2012 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Older Adults & Aging
Article   |   January 2012
Why Does This Person Have Dysphagia?
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, January 2012, Vol. 17, 4-10. doi:10.1044/gero17.1.4
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, January 2012, Vol. 17, 4-10. doi:10.1044/gero17.1.4

Individuals of advanced age may have multiple medical conditions that contribute to their dysphagia symptoms; these cases can present diagnostic challenges for the clinician. To develop an appropriate treatment plan, the clinician must use a swallowing assessment that first identifies all of the factors that could contribute to the individual’s dysphagia. In this article, we will discuss the importance of the clinician’s having a thorough understanding of the individual’s medical history and examine several medical conditions that may contribute to dysphagia symptoms.

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