Acta Scientific Otolaryngology (ASOL) (ISSN: 2582-5550)

Research Article Volume 3 Issue 6

Efficacy of Swallowing in Young Adults and Geriatric Population for 10 ML Thick Liquid (Honey)

Adeeba Mehjabeen1*, Raj Kumar S2, Vishnuram B3 and Maruti Krishna Goud4

1MASLP, Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist, Stamurai, Hyderabad, India
2MASLP, Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist, Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, Coimbatore, India
3M.SC, Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist, Communi K.A.R.E Rehabilitation Center, India
4Assistant Professor, Composite Regional Center, Nellore, India

*Corresponding Author: Adeeba Mehjabeen, MASLP, Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist, Stamurai, Hyderabad, India.

Received: April 21, 2021; Published: May 15, 2021


Introduction: Presbyphagia is characterized by alterations in the anatomical and physiological aspects of swallowing that are a result of ageing in otherwise healthy older adults. Differentiation between dysphagia and presbyphagia is essential to avoid mis-diagnosis and over treating by professionals.

Aim of the Study: The aim of the current study was to provide quantitative measures which can reflect the age-related changes in the swallowing mechanism by comparing swallowing efficacy of young adults and older adults of a thick liquid (honey) swallow.

Subjects: A total of 40 adults, 20 young adults (10 M and 10 F) and 20 older adults (10 M and 10 F), were included in the study.

Method: All the participants were given 10 mL honey and were asked to swallow in a routine manner. The parameters monitored were: a) Oral Transit Time (OTT), b) Number of Swallows, c) Volume per Swallow (VPS), d) Time per Swallow (TPS) and e) Swallow Capacity (SC).

Results: Swallowing capacity, volume per swallow and time per swallow yielded better results in young adults than in older adults with males performing better in both the groups. Mean oral transmit time (OTT) and number of swallows were also better in young adults than geriatrics (p < 0.05). Overall, young adults showed better efficacy that geriatrics. It is important to consider the influence of age-related changes in an elderly individual before reaching a diagnosis and carrying out rehabilitation of geriatrics with swallowing dysfunction.

Keywords: Oral Transit Time (OTT); Volume Per Swallow (VPS); Time Per Swallow (TPS); Swallow Capacity (SC)


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Citation: Adeeba Mehjabeen., et al. “Efficacy of Swallowing in Young Adults and Geriatric Population for 10 ML Thick Liquid (Honey)”. Acta Scientific Otolaryngology 3.6 (2021): 54-58.


Copyright: © 2021 Adeeba Mehjabeen., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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