Dysphagia in the Elderly Analytical Essay by Nicky

Looks at dysphagia, a complication involving difficulty in swallowing, in the elderly.
# 145707 | 2,425 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 25, 2010 in Aging (Gerontology) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper explains that dysphagia may be either oropharyngeal or esophageal, both types of which can result from cerebrovascular accidents, gastoresophageal reflux disease and medication-related side-effects. Next, the author looks at the types of testing and several recent studies. The paper concludes that health care professionals proactively must screen elderly patients for dysphagia to assure their proper nutrition and to avoid community-acquired pneumonia. The paper includes two tables.

Table of Contents:
Differential Diagnosis of Dysphagia in the Elderly
Types of Dysphagia Identified
Types of Testing In Dysphagia
Recent Study Findings
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Stone states that the patient should be observed carefully "during spontaneous swallowing. If no signs of swallowing impairment are noted then the patient may be tested under direct observation using small amounts of clear liquid. If no swallowing dysfunction is noted, the diet may be carefully advanced." However, in the event that difficulty in swallowing or any of the foregoing stated signs are noted "the patient should be made NPO and a Speech and Swallow consult should be considered." Treatment is stated by Stone (2006) to be "diagnosis dependent and may be medical or surgical.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Spieker, Michael R. (2000) Evaluating Dysphagia. American Family Physician 14 Jun 2000. Online available at: http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000615/3639.html
  • Marik, Paul E. and Kaplan, Danielle (2003) Aspiration Pneumonia and Dysphagia in the Elderly. Chest. July 2003. Vol. 1224, No. 1. Online available at: http://www.chestjournal.org/content/124/1/328.full
  • Bautmans, I., et al (2008) Dysphagia in elderly nursing home residents with severe cognitive impairment can be attenuated by cervical spine mobilization. J. Rehabil Med. 2008 Oct;40(9):755-60. PubMed Online available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=18843429
  • Stone, Rebecca S. (2006) Dysphagia in the Elderly. Inpatient Times. October 2006. Online available at: http://www.bmc.org/geriatrics/RStone_DysphagiaintheElderly.pdf
  • Liebovitz, A. et al (2006) Dehydration among Long-Term Care Elderly Patients with Oropharyngeal Dysphagia. Gerontology 2007;53:179-183. Online available at: http://content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/produkte.asp?Aktion=ShowFulltext&ProduktNr=224091&Ausgabe=232836&ArtikelNr=99144

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