April 2004
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA112
Academic Journal
This article explores the interaction between swallowing performance and clinical respiratory dysfunction in a population of patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is recognised that swallowing and respiration are intimately related; however few data exist on the relation between swallowing function and respiratory disorders. Compared with healthy age matched controls, swallowing was slower in COPD patients being more pronounced in males. COPD effects swallowing by reducing its velocity. The greater the severity of COPD, the slower the velocity.


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