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Effect of aging on the deglutitive oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal motor function. Dysphagia 1994;9(4):221-8

Date

01/01/1994

Pubmed ID

7805420

DOI

10.1007/bf00301914

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-0028065303   56 Citations

Abstract

Aging affects some members of the swallowing orchestra and spares the others. It seems that changes in the pharynx of the elderly are more of a positive nature than a negative one and reflect an adaptation to age-induced structural changes of the upper esophageal sphincter. In the esophagus, the positive change in deglutitive peristaltic amplitude and duration seem to revert to a negative one over the age of 90 years. In the upper esophageal sphincter, it appears that aging reduces the resting pressure, but spares its response to various stimuli. Considering the increasing elderly population and their medical needs, further normalcy data about various manometric aspects of deglutition is needed for physiologic studies as well as diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Author List

Shaker R, Lang IM

Authors

Ivan M. Lang DVM, PhD Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Reza Shaker MD Assoc Provost, Sr Assoc Dean, Ctr Dir, Chief, Prof in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adult
Aged
Aging
Deglutition
Deglutition Disorders
Esophagogastric Junction
Esophagus
Humans
Hypopharynx
Manometry
Middle Aged
Oropharynx
Pharynx
Time Factors
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