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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?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Mann
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 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.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 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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