Chapter 4

Dysphagia in Alzheimer’s Disease

J. Garcia-Verdejo and L. Díaz-Rubia

Abstract

Patients with Alzheimer's disease may have dysphagia with greater frequency and severity in advanced stages of the disease. This can lead to complications such as dehydration, weight loss, malnutrition and aspiration pneumonia. Therefore, it is necessary to know the problem, identify it and treat it early. We can use postural modifications, changes in the volume and viscosity of food and ultimately the placement of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy.

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