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Measurement of the Maximum Frequency of Electroglottographic Fluctuations in the Expiration Phase of Volitional Cough as a Functional Test for Cough Efficiency
AbstractThe hypotheses of the present study were that the maximum frequency of fluctuation of electroglottographic (EGG) signals in the expiration phase of volitional cough (VC) reflects the cough efficiency and that this EGG parameter is affected by impaired laryngeal closure, expiratory effort strength, and gender. For 20 normal healthy adults and 20 patients diagnosed with unilateral vocal fold paralysis (UVFP), each participant was fitted with EGG electrodes on the neck, had a transnasal laryngo-fiberscope inserted, and was asked to perform weak/strong VC tasks while EGG signals and a high-speed digital image of the la...
Source: Dysphagia - June 13, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Dysphagia Research Society 25th Anniversary Meeting: President ’s 2017 Report
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Source: Dysphagia - June 12, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

The Role of the Corpus Callosum in Pediatric Dysphagia: Preliminary Findings from a Diffusion Tensor Imaging Study in Children with Unilateral Spastic Cerebral Palsy
AbstractThe purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between the structural integrity of the corpus callosum (CC) and clinical feeding/swallowing performance in children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (USCP). Twenty children with USCP, (11 males, 5.11 –17.6 yoa) were assessed via the Dysphagia Disorder Survey (DDS) and diffusion tensor imaging. Children were grouped into left hemisphere lesion (LHL;n = 13) and right hemisphere lesion (RHL;n = 7) groups. DTI variables analyzed for three CC regions (anterior, middle, posterior) were: fractional anisotropy (FA), radial diff...
Source: Dysphagia - June 8, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Within-Bolus Variability of the Penetration-Aspiration Scale Across Two Subsequent Swallows in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer
AbstractTo compare two consecutive swallowing attempts to study if there is a difference in Rosenbek ’s penetration-aspiration scale (PAS) scores between the first and second swallowing attempt of the same bolus type in videofluoroscopic examination of swallowing (VFS). Additional aims include reflecting on which bolus sizes and consistencies are the most relevant to include in further studies fo r head and neck cancer (HNC) patients. The VFS for 38 patients curatively treated for HNC was studied. All included patients showed swallowing difficulties (PAS ≥ 2). The examination protocol included two swallo...
Source: Dysphagia - June 7, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Change in Excitability of Cortical Projection After Modified Catheter Balloon Dilatation Therapy in Brainstem Stroke Patients with Dysphagia: A Prospective Controlled Study
In conclusion, modified balloon dilatation therapy can increase the excitability of affected projection in patients with unilateral brainstem stroke. (Source: Dysphagia)
Source: Dysphagia - May 26, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Voice Outcomes in Surgical Repair of Zenker ’s Diverticulum
AbstractThe purpose of the study was to define the impact of Zenker ’s diverticula on voice and potential benefit from repair. Retrospective chart review of prospectively collected data from eleven patients with a Zenker’s diverticulum treated surgically in a tertiary care center from November 2014 through January 2016. The voice handicap index-10 (VHI-10) and e ating assessment tool-10 (EAT-10) questionnaires were collected as part of pre- and post-operative evaluation, with an average post-operative follow-up of 69 days. Surgical techniques included: trans-oral endoscopic diverticulotomy with laser assis...
Source: Dysphagia - May 25, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Reflections on Clinical and Statistical Use of the Penetration-Aspiration Scale
AbstractThe 8-point Penetration-Aspiration Scale (PAS) was introduced to the field of dysphagia in 1996 and has become the standard method used by both clinicians and researchers to describe and measure the severity of airway invasion during swallowing. In this article, we review the properties of the scale and explore what has been learned over 20  years of use regarding the construct validity, ordinality, intervality, score distribution, and sensitivity of the PAS to change. We propose that a categorical revision of the PAS into four levels of increasing physiological severity would be appropriate. The article concl...
Source: Dysphagia - May 22, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Sagittal Plane Kinematics of the Jaw and Hyolingual Apparatus During Swallowing in Macaca mulatta
AbstractStudies of mechanisms of feeding behavior are important in a society where aging- and disease-related feeding disorders are increasingly prevalent. It is important to evaluate the clinical relevance of animal models of the disease and the control. Our present study quantifies macaque hyolingual and jaw kinematics around swallowing cycles to determine the extent to which macaque swallowing resembles that of humans. One female and one male adultMacaca mulatta were trained to feed in a primate chair. Videofluoroscopy was used to record kinematics in a sagittal view during natural feeding on solid food, and the kinemat...
Source: Dysphagia - May 20, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

High-Resolution Manometry Evaluation of Pressures at the Pharyngo-upper Esophageal Area in Patients with Oropharyngeal Dysphagia Due to Vagal Paralysis
This study aims to describe HRM findings in patients with vagal paralysis. Sixteen patients (mean age 54  years, 69% females) with oropharyngeal dysphagia due to unilateral vagal paralysis were prospectively studied. All patients underwent HRM. Motility of the UES and at the topography of the velopharynx and epiglottis were recorded. (1) UES relaxation is compromised in a minority of patients, (2) epi glottis pressure does not follow a specific pattern, (3) vellum is hypotonic in half of the patients, (4) dysphagia is related to a low pharyngeal pressure, not to a flow obstruction at the level of the UES, and (5) aspi...
Source: Dysphagia - May 20, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

The Prevalence of Oropharyngeal Dysphagia in Adults Presenting with Temporomandibular Disorders Associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
AbstractTemporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are the most frequent non-dental orofacial pain disorders and may be associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), resulting in oropharyngeal dysphagia (OD). However, clinicians ’ understanding of involvement with OD caused by RA-related TMDs is limited and the methodological quality of research in this field has been criticised. Therefore, the aim of this study was to systematically review the prevalence of oral preparatory and oral stage signs and symptoms of OD in adul ts presenting with TMDs associated with RA. A systematic review of the literature was completed. The follow...
Source: Dysphagia - May 16, 2017 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Dysphagia in Friedreich Ataxia
The objective of the study was to comprehensively characterise dysphagia in Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) and identify predictors of penetration/aspiration during swallowing. We also investigated the psychosocial impact of dysphagia on individuals with FRDA. Sixty participants with FRDA were screened for dysphagia using a swallowing quality of life questionnaire (Swal-QOL) and case history. Individuals reporting dysphagia underwent a standardised oromotor assessment (Frenchay Dysarthria Assessment, 2, FDA-2) and videofluoroscopic study of swallowing (VFSS). Data were correlated with disease parameters (age at symptom onset, age...
Source: Dysphagia - May 4, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

What Type of Food Can Older Adults Masticate?: Evaluation of Mastication Performance Using Color-Changeable Chewing Gum
This study determines if older adults can masticate regular foods via a simple test conducted using a color-changeable chewing gum. Seventy-nine consecutive inpatients of our clinic receiving rehabilitation and general medicine were assessed for eligibility. The inclusion criterion was  >65  years. Thirty patients consented to participate. The main outcome variable was the food bolus texture at the swallowing threshold for five regular foods. The main explanatory variable was the a* value of the color-changeable chewing gum after 120 s of chewing (a* represents the degree of color be tween red and green, ...
Source: Dysphagia - May 4, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Dysphagia Research Society Annual Meeting March 2 –4, 2017
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Source: Dysphagia - May 3, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

A Comparison of Visual Recognition of the Laryngopharyngeal Structures Between High and Standard Frame Rate Videos of the Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to assess whether or not high frame rate (HFR) videos recorded using high-speed digital imaging (HSDI) improve the visual recognition of the motions of the laryngopharyngeal structures during pharyngeal swallow in fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES). Five healthy subjects were asked to swallow 0.5  ml water under fiberoptic nasolaryngoscopy. The endoscope was connected to a high-speed camera, which recorded the laryngopharyngeal view throughout the swallowing process at 4000 frames/s (fps). Each HFR video was then copied and downsampled into a standard frame rate...
Source: Dysphagia - April 29, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Swallowing Disorders in Schizophrenia
AbstractDisorders of swallowing are poorly characterized but quite common in schizophrenia. They are a source of considerable morbidity and mortality in this population, generally as a result of either acute asphyxia from airway obstruction or more insidious aspiration and pneumonia. The death rate from acute asphyxia may be as high as one hundred times that of the general population. Most swallowing disorders in schizophrenia seem to fall into one of two categories, changes in eating and swallowing due to the illness itself and changes related to psychotropic medications. Behavioral changes related to the illness are poor...
Source: Dysphagia - April 26, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Prophylactic Swallow Therapy for Patients with Head and Neck Cancer Undergoing Chemoradiotherapy: A Randomized Trial
AbstractEvidence supporting prophylactic swallow exercises for patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) has not been universally demonstrated. This RCT examined diet level, feeding tube use, swallow function, and quality of life (QOL) of patients undergoing chemoradiotherapy who performed prophylactic swallowing exercises. Sixty HNC patients were randomized into exercise versus control groups. Swallowing, oromotor, toxicity, and QOL data were recorded (baseline, 3, 6, 12, 24  months). Physiological swallow function was examined at baseline and 3 months. Swallow exercises were completed twice daily. Oral intake at...
Source: Dysphagia - April 25, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

The Anxiety Level of Caregivers of Neurological Patients with Dysphagia
AbstractWe aimed to investigate anxiety level of caregivers of neurological patients with dysphagia, and the relationship of patient-related factors to anxiety level of dysphagia caregivers. A total of 103 adult neurological patients with dysphagia (study group), 30 without dysphagia (control group), and their primary caregivers were included. Types of feeding, condition of dependency in eating and drinking, dysphagia duration, and history of previous dysphagia treatment were recorded for study group. In study group, the Turkish version of the Eating Assessment Tool-10 (T-EAT-10) was used to determine dysphagia symptom sev...
Source: Dysphagia - April 25, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Biodegradable Stents for Caustic Esophageal Strictures: Do They Work?
AbstractBiodegradable (BD) stents have been used for the management of various esophageal strictures (ES) but the experience of its use in caustic strictures is limited. The present study, aimed at evaluating efficacy of BD stents for the treatment of refractory caustic-induced ES, was a retrospective multi-center study conducted at three tertiary care centers in India wherein adult patients with refractory caustic induced strictures underwent placement of a BD stent. Patients were followed up for immediate complications and long term outcome. All 13 patients (39.3  ± 15.1 years) underwent successful ...
Source: Dysphagia - April 25, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Residual Recurrent Nerve Paralysis After Esophagectomy is Associated with Preoperative Lower Serum Albumin
AbstractEsophagectomy for esophageal cancer is invasive thoracic surgery with a high incidence rate of postoperative complications and prolongation of hospitalization, even if the standardized clinical pathway improves the outcome (mortality and morbidity). Postoperative recurrent nerve paralysis (RNP) is related to respiratory complications concomitant with prolonged hospitalization. However, it has not been elucidated which factors affect the incidence and recovery of RNP. To detect the predictive factor for postoperative RNP, we focused on preoperative serum albumin. Patients who had esophageal cancer with standard esop...
Source: Dysphagia - April 24, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Dysphagia in a Patient with Cervical Dystonia
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Source: Dysphagia - April 22, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

First Step in Telehealth Assessment: A Randomized Controlled Trial to Investigate the Effectiveness of an Electronic Case History Form for Dysphagia
AbstractThe need for developing effective telehealth tools for dysphagia management is high not only for people who live in rural areas, but also for individuals with mobility/access limitations. We aimed to develop anelectronic caseHistoryTool/form (thereafter, e-HiT) for dysphagia, and compare its effectiveness with its paper-based version (PBV) on completion time, completeness, independence, and patient perceptions/satisfaction. Secondarily, we examined associations between the aforementioned variables and predictor variables, such as age, cognition, and computer/internet use. Forty adults who expressed concerns with ea...
Source: Dysphagia - April 19, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Patient Experiences of Swallowing Exercises After Head and Neck Cancer: A Qualitative Study Examining Barriers and Facilitators Using Behaviour Change Theory
AbstractPoor patient adherence to swallowing exercises is commonly reported in the dysphagia literature on patients treated for head and neck cancer. Establishing the effectiveness of exercise interventions for this population may be undermined by patient non-adherence. The purpose of this study was to explore the barriers and facilitators to exercise adherence from a patient perspective, and to determine the best strategies to reduce the barriers and enhance the facilitators. In-depth interviews were conducted on thirteen patients. We used a behaviour change framework and model [Theoretical domains framework and COM-B (Ca...
Source: Dysphagia - April 19, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Maximum Tongue Pressure is Associated with Swallowing Dysfunction in ALS Patients
AbstractMaximum tongue pressure (MTP) measurement is a convenient, less invasive assessment that has been developed to quantify tongue strength; however, it is unclear whether MTP is useful for the detection of swallowing disorders in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. The purpose of this study was to clarify the relationship between MTP and the characteristics of swallowing disorders on videofluorography and to determine the usefulness of tongue pressure measurement for the assessment of swallowing function in ALS patients. Twenty-five ALS patients were evaluated according to the ALS functional rating scale-rev...
Source: Dysphagia - April 19, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Effects of Esophageal Acidification on Troublesome Symptoms: An Approach to Characterize True Acid GERD in Dysphagic Neonates
AbstractTo quantify and compare maximal extent (height) of acid reflux events (AREs) on symptom generation in dysphagic neonates. Dysphagic neonates (N = 53), born at 30 ± 5.3 weeks gestation, underwent 24-hour pH-impedance study for the evaluation of troublesome symptoms purported to be due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). AREs (pH 4  s) detected by impedance (Z) were categorized by maximal extent as refluxate reaching distal (Z6, Z5), middle (Z4, Z3), or proximal (Z2, Z1) impedance channels. AREs reaching the pH sensor only were categorized as distal. Symptom correlatio...
Source: Dysphagia - April 1, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Swallowing Preparation and Execution: Insights from a Delayed-Response Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Study
AbstractThe present study sought to elucidate the functional contributions of sub-regions of the swallowing neural network in swallowing preparation and swallowing motor execution. Seven healthy volunteers participated in a delayed-response, go, no-go functional magnetic resonance imaging study involving four semi-randomly ordered activation tasks: (i) “prepare to swallow,” (ii) “voluntary saliva swallow,” (iii) “do not prepare to swallow,” and (iv) “do not swallow.” Results indicated that brain activation was significantly greater during swallowing preparation, than during s...
Source: Dysphagia - March 30, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Swallowing Function After Continuous Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation of the Submandibular Region Evaluated by High-Resolution Manometry
AbstractAlthough neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is increasingly used in dysphagia therapy, patient responses to NMES are inconsistent and conflicting results have been reported. This, together with a lack of information about the effects of NEMS on the swallowing process, has led to an ongoing debate about its impact on swallowing function. In order to address this, we set out to (i) collect baseline information on the physiological effects of NMES on the complex pharyngeal phase of swallowing and (ii) to compare two different stimulation protocols. In doing so, we provide information useful for evaluating the...
Source: Dysphagia - March 30, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Unusual Cause of Dysphagia in a Post-Stroke Patient
We describe the evaluation and treatment of a 53-year-old man with a history of intracerebral hemorrhage in the left basal ganglia who presented with dysphagia caused by a vallecular cyst. (Source: Dysphagia)
Source: Dysphagia - March 29, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

The Use of Brain Stimulation in Dysphagia Management
AbstractDysphagia is common sequela of brain injury with as many as 50% of patients suffering from dysphagia following stroke. Currently, the majority of guidelines for clinical practice in the management of dysphagia focus on the prevention of complications while any natural recovery takes place. Recently, however, non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) techniques like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) have started to attract attention and are applied to investigate both the physiology of swallowing and influences on dysphagia. TMS allows for painless stimulation of ...
Source: Dysphagia - March 28, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Periventricular White Matter Lesions as a Prognostic Factor of Swallowing Function in Older Patients with Mild Stroke
AbstractOlder patients with stroke have poor functional prognosis compared to younger patients. Patients with stroke who have severe white matter (WM) lesions have been reported to have poor functional prognosis such as cognitive dysfunction, increased propensity for falling, and gait and balance problems. The aim of this study was to determine whether WM lesions exert negative effects on swallowing function in older patients with mild stroke. We conducted a retrospective analysis of 63 patients aged  >65  years who had a National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score ≤5 and who underwent videofluoro...
Source: Dysphagia - March 27, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Narrow Band Imaging Enhances the Detection Rate of Penetration and Aspiration in FEES
AbstractNarrow band imaging (NBI) is widely used in gastrointestinal, laryngeal, and urological endoscopy. Its original purpose was to visualize vessels and epithelial irregularities. Based on our observation that adding NBI to common white light (WL) improves the contrast of the test bolus in fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES), we now investigated the potential value of NBI in swallowing disorders. 148 FEES images were analyzed from 74 consecutive patients with swallowing disorders, including 74 with and 74 without NBI. All images were evaluated by four dysphagia specialists. Findings were classified ac...
Source: Dysphagia - March 8, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Changes in Swallowing-related Quality of Life After Endoscopic Treatment For Zenker ’s Diverticulum Using SWAL-QOL Questionnaire
AbstractDysphagia affects the most cardinal of human functions: the ability to eat and drink. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate swallowing dysfunction in patients diagnosed with Zenker ’s diverticulum using the Swallowing Quality of Life (SWAL-QOL) questionnaire preoperatively. In addition, SWAL-QOL was used to assess changes in the outcome of swallowing function after endoscopic treatment of Zenker’s diverticulum compared to baseline. Pre- and postoperative SWAL-QOL data were analyzed in 25 patients who underwent endoscopic treatment of Zenker’s diverticulum between January 2011 and Decem...
Source: Dysphagia - March 8, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Rheological Behaviors of Thickened Infant Formula Prepared with Xanthan Gum-Based Food Thickeners for Dysphagic Infants
In this study, the rheological properties of TIF prepared with four commercial food thickeners (coded A –D) were determined as a function of thickener concentration, thickener type, and setting time because the selection of an appropriate food thickener for TIF preparation is necessary for managing dysphagia in infants. The flow and dynamic rheological properties of TIF were investigated at three di fferent concentrations (1.0, 2.0, and 3.0% w/w) of XG-based thickener. The flow properties of TIF were described by the power law and Casson models. All TIF samples demonstrated high shear-thinning (n = 0.12&nda...
Source: Dysphagia - March 6, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Cross-Cultural Translation, Adaptation and Reliability of the Danish M. D. Andeson Dysphagia Inventory (MDADI) in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer
The objectives were to translate and culturally adapt the M.D. Anderson Dysphagia Inventory (MDADI) into Danish and subsequently test the reliability of the Danish version. The MDADI was translated into Danish and cross culturally adapted through cognitive interviews. The final version was test –retest evaluated in a group of head and neck cancer (HNC) patients who responded to the questionnaire twice with a mean of eight days apart. Interclass correlation coefficient, Cronbach’s alpha, floor and ceiling effects, standard error of measurement and minimal detectable change were investig ated. Fourteen patients w...
Source: Dysphagia - March 6, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Effect of Food Thickener on the Inhibitory Effect of Mitiglinide Tablets on Post-prandial Elevation of Blood Glucose Levels
AbstractThe aim of this study was to examine the effect of food thickener on the pharmacodynamics of mitiglinide (MGN), a drug belonging to a class of rapid-acting insulin secretagogues. First, MGN tablets were coated by immersion in a xanthan gum-based food-thickening agent. This treatment was shown to delay disintegration rates of MGN tablets in vitro. The pharmacodynamics of MGN after ingestion of a single oral dose of an MGN tablet, with or without food thickener immersion, were then examined in an open-label crossover study comprising 5 healthy participants. It was observed that after administration of 75  g of o...
Source: Dysphagia - March 6, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

One-Year Swallowing Outcomes in Patients Treated with Prophylactic Gabapentin During Radiation-Based Treatment for Oropharyngeal Cancer
AbstractRecent investigations by our study team have demonstrated patients using gabapentin for pain management during chemoradiotherapy (CRT) do well maintaining swallowing during treatment with less need for narcotic pain medication, PEG dependence, weight loss, and short-term swallowing morbidity. The purpose of this investigation was to characterize the long-term swallowing function of these patients 1-year following treatment. Sequential patients receiving CRT for oropharyngeal cancer and concurrent gabapentin were evaluated 1-year following treatment for swallowing outcomes. Functional Oral Intake Scores (FOIS) were ...
Source: Dysphagia - February 14, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

History of the Use and Impact of Compensatory Strategies in Management of Swallowing Disorders
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Source: Dysphagia - January 27, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Animal Models for Dysphagia Studies: What Have We Learnt So Far
AbstractResearch using animal models has contributed significantly to realizing the goal of understanding dysfunction and improving the care of patients who suffer from dysphagia. But why should other researchers and the clinicians who see patients day in and day out care about this work? Results from studies of animal models have the potential to change and grow how we think about dysphagia research and practice in general, well beyond applying specific results to human studies. Animal research provides two key contributions to our understanding of dysphagia. The first is a more complete characterization of the physiology...
Source: Dysphagia - January 27, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Special Section on DRS 25th Anniversary
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Source: Dysphagia - January 24, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

6th ESSD Congress Milan 2016 Abstract Book
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Source: Dysphagia - January 20, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

History of the Use of Esophageal Stent in Management of Dysphagia and Its Improvement Over the Years
This article is an overview of how this evolution process happened and where we are currently with using stents to manage patients with dysphagia and with other esophageal disorders. (Source: Dysphagia)
Source: Dysphagia - January 17, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

History of Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing for Evaluation and Management of Pharyngeal Dysphagia: Changes over the Years
(Source: Dysphagia)
Source: Dysphagia - January 17, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Feasibility and Psychometric Properties of the Adjusted DSWAL-QoL Questionnaire for Dysphagic Patients with Additional Language and/or Cognitive Impairment: Part I
In this study, we sought to develop an adjusted Dutch version of the SWAL-QoL (aDSWALQoL) and to evaluate its psychometric properties and feasibility compared with the original questionnaire. We developed the aDSWAL-QoL based on recommendations from previous literature. The feasibility, internal consistency, test –retest reliability, and criterion validity of the aDSWAL-QoL were evaluated in 78 dysphagic patients, among whom 43 had additional language and/or cognitive impairments (DysLC). Statistical analyses were performed using SPSS 20.0. The aDSWAL-QoL had a higher degree of feasibility for the DysLC gr oup. We ob...
Source: Dysphagia - January 17, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

History and Evolution of the Barium Swallow for Evaluation of the Pharynx and Esophagus
This article reviews the history of the barium swallow from its early role in radiology to its current status as an important diagnostic test in modern radiology practice. Though a variety of diagnostic procedures can be performed to evaluate patients with dysphagia or other pharyngeal or esophageal symptoms, the barium study has evolved into a readily available, non-invasive, and cost-effective technique that can facilitate the selection of additional diagnostic tests and guide decisions about medical, endoscopic, or surgical management. This article focuses on the evolution of fluoroscopic equipment, radiography, and con...
Source: Dysphagia - January 17, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Measuring Competency Development in Objective Evaluation of Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies
In conclusion, SLPs can reliably learn and incorporate objective VFSS measures within a reasonable time frame. Level of experience has limited influence on the learning curve. (Source: Dysphagia)
Source: Dysphagia - January 10, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

A Bump in the Road: An Uncommon Cause of Dysphagia
(Source: Dysphagia)
Source: Dysphagia - January 10, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Advances with Neonatal Aerodigestive Science in the Pursuit of Safe Swallowing in Infants: Invited Review
AbstractFeeding, swallowing, and airway protection are three distinct entities. Feeding involves a process of sequential, neurosensory, and neuromotor interactions of reflexes and behaviors facilitating ingestion. Swallowing involves anterograde bolus movement during oral-, pharyngeal-, and esophageal phases of peristalsis into stomach. During these events, coordination with airway protection is vital for homeostasis in clearing any material away from airway vicinity. Neurological –airway-digestive inter-relationships are critical to the continuum of successful feeding patterns during infancy, either in health or dis...
Source: Dysphagia - January 1, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

25  Years of Dysphagia Rehabilitation: What Have We Done, What are We Doing, and Where are We Going?
AbstractAs deglutologists, we strive to use the best evidence available in the treatment of swallowing disorders. Evidence-based medicine is a bottom-up approach that thoughtfully combines the best external evidence with individual clinical expertise and the patients ’ choice reflective of their clinical state and preferences for their specific care plan. Evidence-based medicine is not restricted to randomized clinical trials and meta-analyses; rather, evidence-based medicine includes our ability to discriminate the best external evidence with which to answer clinical questions and then skillfully and appropriately b...
Source: Dysphagia - January 1, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

The Dysphagia Research Society Accelerating a Priority Research Agenda
(Source: Dysphagia)
Source: Dysphagia - January 1, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Progression of Dysphagia in Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 6
AbstractSpinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6), an autosomal dominant triplet repeat disease, predominantly affects the cerebellum with a late onset and generally good prognosis. Dysphagia is commonly associated with the outcomes of neurodegenerative diseases such as SCA6. Although the characteristics of dysphagia have been rarely reported in SCA6, our previous study indicated that dysphagia is generally milder in SCA6 than in SCA3, another inherited ataxia with multisystem involvement. However, abnormalities in the pharyngeal phase in SCA6 were indistinguishable from those in SCA3, with no explainable reason. To determine t...
Source: Dysphagia - January 1, 2017 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research

Swallowing Function and Kinematics in Stroke Patients with Tracheostomies
This study demonstrated that stroke patients with tracheostomies had inferior swallowing function and kinematics than those without tracheostomies. A prospective longitudinal study is needed to elucidate the effect of a tracheostomy on swallowing recovery in stroke patients. (Source: Dysphagia)
Source: Dysphagia - December 23, 2016 Category: Speech Therapy Source Type: research