A member asked:

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

8 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. David Mann answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

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.

Answered Mar 24, 2020


Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered

Specializes in Pathology

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.

Answered Mar 12, 2013



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