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Dementia had aspiration, must have water to be thickened for him to drink. Reasons? What is happening to the esophagus, trachea, etc for this need?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Ask the dietitian

The staff at the facility will be able to help you understand these things if they have permission to discuss things w/ you.
Generally, the thickener slows the fluid passage and makes it less likely to choke. The nerves and muscles are just not working well - causes can vary. That area shares the eating/breathing functions and when impaired it is tricky.

In brief: Ask the dietitian

The staff at the facility will be able to help you understand these things if they have permission to discuss things w/ you.
Generally, the thickener slows the fluid passage and makes it less likely to choke. The nerves and muscles are just not working well - causes can vary. That area shares the eating/breathing functions and when impaired it is tricky.
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