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[Dysphagia and nutritional treatment: decision tree].

Authors
  • Garo, Sylvie
  • Montorfani, Camilla
  • Pichard, Claude
Type
Published Article
Journal
Revue médicale de la Suisse romande
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2004
Volume
124
Issue
10
Pages
625–628
Identifiers
PMID: 15573507
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Dysphagia is very frequent in hospitals and the geriatric population. It leads to serious physical and psychological consequences such as aspiration, lung infection, progressive undernutrition which all impair the quality of life and the survival. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of dysphagia are therefore essential to avoid or minimize these complications which increase the length of hospital stay and cost. This review describes the symptoms and the clinical approach of dysphagia. The importance of informing and sensitizing all the health care providers to this pathology is highlighted. It also emphazised the need of an interdisciplinary management of dysphagia, including the dietetic approach.

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