Changes, functional disorders, and diseases in the gastrointestinal tract of elderly.

@article{Grassi2011ChangesFD,
  title={Changes, functional disorders, and diseases in the gastrointestinal tract of elderly.},
  author={Manuela Grassi and Luisa Petraccia and Gioacchino Mennuni and M. J. Mar{\'i}n Fontana and Antongiulio Scarno and Simona Sabetta and Antonio Fraioli},
  journal={Nutricion hospitalaria},
  year={2011},
  volume={26 4},
  pages={
          659-68
        }
}
This article describes changes in the basic digestive functions (motility, secretion, intraluminal digestion, absorption) that occur during aging. Elderly individuals frequently have oropharyngeal muscle dysmotility and altered swallowing of food. Reductions in esophageal peristalsis and lower esophageal sphincter (LES) pressures are also more common in the aged and may cause gastroesophageal reflux. Gastric motility and emptying and small bowel motility are generally normal in elderly subjects… CONTINUE READING

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