Dysphagia: diagnosis and treatment in Kentucky.

J. W. Atchison*, D. Bryan, S. Lumm, M. Morgan, N. Nickerson, A. Niehaus, T. Stratton, R. Salcido

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Dysphagia, a disorder of swallowing, is commonly associated with neurological and neuromuscular disorders. Damage to the sensation or muscles of the swallowing mechanism leads to unsafe oral motor or pharyngeal movement patterns, placing a patient at risk for development of aspiration pneumonia. At present, multidisciplinary Dysphagia Teams are being used to improve the diagnosis and treatment of swallowing disorders. A survey including all 112 hospitals in the Commonwealth of Kentucky indicates 33 (29%) presently have such a team, while 42 (38%) offer outpatient dysphagia services. In addition, 56 (50%) of the hospitals indicate they perform modified barium swallows which is an essential test for diagnosing and treating dysphagia. An example of how a Dysphagia Team works in one Kentucky rehabilitation hospital is presented to illustrate how to provide early diagnosis and treatment of these problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-210
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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