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Can dysphagia lead to a malnutrition?

Can dysphagia lead to a malnutrition?

Yes: Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing and this difficuly could lead to not wanting to eat in a healthy, sustaining way. Get the problem fixed. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Poor Nutrition (Definition)

An age-appropriate diet is one that provides adequate nutrition and is appropriate for a child's state of development. During the first 4 - 6 months of life, infants need only breast milk or formula to meet all their nutritional needs. At 4 - 6 months of age an infant should be consuming 28 - 45 ounces of formula, and is often ready to start the transition to solid foods. 6 - 8 MONTHS Continue to offer breast milk or formula 3 - 5 times per day. 8 - 12 MONTHS OF AGE Breast milk or formula should be offered three to four times per day at this age. After a baby is 1-year old, whole milk may replace ...Read more


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Can dysphagia lead to an eating disorder?

Can dysphagia lead to an eating disorder?

Not really: Dysphagia implies difficulty swallowing, an anatomic or physiologic problem. An eating disorder focuses on eating as a psychiatric problem, but swallowing is not the issue. ...Read more

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Can dysphagia lead dehydration?

Yes: If one has enough difficulty in swallowing, then one may not drink enough fluids to stay hydrated. This dehydration needs to be treated immediately and then the underlying disorder must also be found and treated. ...Read more

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Does cilia dysfunction lead to difficulty swallowing?

Does cilia dysfunction lead to difficulty swallowing?

Cilia dyskinesia: Yes, other symptoms include: Respiratory distress as a newborn. Chronic cough. Pneumonia, bronchitis and other recurring infections. Excess mucus. Difficulty clearing mucus. Middle ear infections. Hearing loss. Severe sinus infections. ...Read more

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Can irritable bowel syndrome lead to malnutrition?

Can irritable bowel syndrome lead to malnutrition?

No: Irritable bowel syndrome does not cause malnutrition. Malnutrition would be an indication to look for another cause (other than irritable bowel syndrome) for the stomach and bowel symptoms. ...Read more

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Can poor nutrition lead to diabetes? As in low calories and lots of water everyday. Will the blood panel tests and urine tests show any abnormalities?

Can poor nutrition lead to diabetes? As in low calories and lots of water everyday. Will the blood panel tests and urine tests show any abnormalities?

Yes: Being overweight and inactive can lead to insulin resistance and eventually to type two diabetes. Try to maintain a healthy weight for your age and height. try to be physically active. Eat a healthy diet which minimizes processed foods and includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. ...Read more

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How common is dysphagia?

Dysphasia.: Dysphagia is reported to occur in 8% to 10% of the general population over the age of 50 years. [1] however, rates as high as 30% to 40% may be found in patients residing in homes for the aged. [2] [3] dysphagia can be caused by functional or structural abnormalities of the oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, or gastric cardias. ...Read more

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How can you treat dysphagia?

Depends : It largely depends on the reason for the dysphagia (swallowing problem). In most cases of dysphagia that is not related to an esophagus problem, modifying the texture or consistency of the food/liquids, using special head postures or maneuvers, and doing tongue throat exercises are helpful. This is usually prescribed as necessary and treatment is performed by a speech language pathologist. ...Read more

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Are there racial disparities in regards to dysphagia diagnosis?

Are there racial disparities in regards to dysphagia diagnosis?

More of a symptom: Dysphagia is more of a symptom than a diagnosis. Specifically, dysphagia is difficulty with swallowing, which can be associated with an extremely large number of medical diagnoses. Many diseases are more common in some racial groups than others because these diseases, like race, is linked to genetics. This is not a disparity but genetic distribution. ...Read more

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Malnutrition (Definition)

Refers to the individual that receives either too few nutrients, too many nutrients, an imbalance of nutrients, or due to comorbidities or underlying inherited or acquired diseases, an under or ...Read more


Dr. John Comisi
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Difficulty Swallowing (Definition)

Difficulty with swallowing is the sensation that food is stuck in the throat, or from the neck down to just above the abdomen ...Read more