Effect of aging of the pharynx and the UES

Rebecca J Leonard, Reza Shaker

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2 Scopus citations


Oral-pharyngeal dysphagia is increasingly recognized as a health risk in generally healthy, but elderly, adults. The focus of this chapter is to review evidence of aging effects on the pharynx that may contribute to this difficulty. Information reflecting multiple focus areas and investigative techniques is considered. Collectively, the evidence suggests declining efficiency and an increased need for adaptation to offset structural and functional changes in the pharynx associated with aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrinciples of Deglutition: A Multidisciplinary Text for Swallowing and its Disorders
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781461437949
ISBN (Print)9781461437932
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Displacement characteristics
  • Effect of aging of the pharynx
  • Effect of aging of the UES
  • Implications for swallowing
  • Temporal characteristics
  • The aging pharynx

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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