Online ISSN: 2515-8260

Keywords : Deglutition

Deglutition In Elderly Patients - A Review

KandhalYazhini. P; Gifrina Jayaraj; YuvarajBabu K

European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine, 2020, Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 2955-2964

Deglutition is the process of swallowing. During this process, substance travels from the mouth via pharynx into oesophagus. When there is a malfunction in this process, then the substance passes through trachea leading to choking. Deglutition is a series of sensory and motor events. Any difficulty in swallowing causes dysphagia. Ageing may cause dysphagia which inturn may lead to less intake of food and liquids. Improper denture usage may lead to changes in tongue movements, which in-turn cause swallowing difficulties. The knowledge about this subject is very useful for suggesting dental treatments and medications for elderly. This study topic is vast and has an extensive scope for discussions and research. The review was done based on the articles obtained from various platforms like pubmed andgoogle scholars. When article holder websites were analysed on the topic of deglutition inelderly patients, more than 100 articles were obtained and then filtered to 20 articles according to the abstract, title and complete article and then reviewed. This review article elaborates about the deglutition process in elderly patients. The present review is to analyse the current knowledge about deglutition, it’s dysfunction, cause, symptoms and types of dysphagia among elderly patients.