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Severe Alzheimer’s disease can cause problems with mobility, eating and breathing. These complications can significantly increase risk for pneumonia–the most commonly identified cause of death in end-stage Alzheimer’s patients.

Kalia, Madhu. Dysphagia and Aspiration Pneumonia in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Metabolism. 2003; 52: 36-8. http://www.journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/ymeta/article/PIIS0026049503003007/abstract

Reference

Title
Dysphagia and Aspiration Pneumonia in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease
Publication
Metabolism
Publication Date
2003
Authors
Kalia, Madhu
Pages
36-8
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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