Factors associated with dysphagia in individuals with high tetraplegia

Short Title:
Factors associated with dysphagia in individuals with high tetraplegia
Model System:
SCI
Reference Type:
Journal Article
Accession No.:
J46961.
Journal:
Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2005, vol. 10, issue 3, pp 8-18
Publication Website:
Abstract:
Study evaluated the incidence of and factors associated with dysphagia (swallowing dysfunction) in individuals with high tetraplegia. Potential contributing factors, including the American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale impairment level, intubation, mechanical ventilation, and pulmonary infections, were examined for associations with a diagnosis of dysphagia. Dysphagia was suspected in 75 percent of the study subjects and the diagnosis was confirmed in 71 percent of those individuals. Mechanical ventilation and tracheostomy appeared to be the most important factors associated with dysphagia in patients with high tetraplegia.
Author(s):
Shem, Kazuko; Castillo, Kathleen; Nara, Bindu
Author Address(es):

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