The Geriatric Swallow: Through Thick and Thin

Amanda Fazakerly, Nogah Nativ

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Purpose: The goal of this article was to assess the utility of thickened liquids for patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia. Conclusion: The use of thickened liquids is pervasive, but clinical justification and understanding varies widely among practitioners of deglutition. The benefit of diet/liquid recommendations and other compensatory strategies should be validated via instrumental examination. As highlighted in this review, thickening of liquids may pose serious implications and consequences for both a patient's physical welfare and quality of life. Careful patient selection is recommended to ensure the expected benefits from liquid thickeners outweigh the risks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1039-1044
Number of pages6
JournalPerspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2020


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