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A 30-year-old member asked:

My friend is 80 years old he has a tough time swallowing. do you think he has a cancer?

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Dr. David Mann
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Throat : Unlikely, elderly people often have trouble swallowing especially big pills. Recommend he see his doctor to rule out serious stuff and hopefully improve the problem.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Speech pathologist: It is more likely that aging has resulted in poor neurologic control of muscle coordination. Swallowing difficulties are quite common in older people. A speech pathologist can evaluate swallowing disorders and suggest alterations to foods for preventing aspiration of food into lungs.

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Last updated Mar 24, 2020

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