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CPD module: dysphagia

We review the nature of dysphagia, especially with regards to medicines.

After completing this module, you should be more aware of:

  • the nature of dysphagia and its potential consequences
  • conditions associated with dysphagia
  • non-disease factors contributing to dysphagia
  • the swallowing/deglutition process
  • physiology and associated neurotransmitters involved in swallowing
  • ways in which medicines can impair swallowing
  • anticholinergics and other medicines associated with dry mouth
  • medicines affecting muscle function
  • drugs associated with oesophageal damage impairing swallowing
  • approaches to improving food and drink consumption with dysphagia
  • considerations for administering medicines in dysphagia.
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