GI Outline - Study Guide
Normal and abnormal changes within the GI system for the elderly
(905) Mouth: gingival retraction, decreased taste buds, decreases sense of smell, decrease volume of saliva, atrophy of gingival tissue; loss of teeth, dentures, difficulty chewing, diminished sense of taste, dry oral mucosa, poor fitting dentures
Esophagus: lower esophageal sphincter pressure decreases, motility decreases; epigastric distress, dysphagia, potential for hiatal hernia and aspiration
ABD wall: thinner and less...
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