Key Facts

  • 23% to 50% of acute stroke patients are dysphasic. Daniels SK. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2008.
  • The presence of dysphagia has been associated with an increased risk for pulmonary complications and even mortality. Marik PE. Chest. 2003.
  • Upon admission, there is an association between dysphagia and poor overall outcomes for 6 months following stroke. Smithard DG. Stroke 1996.

Research Findings

  • Electrical Stimulation and EMG-Triggered Stimulation may be a beneficial treatment intervention for dysphagia.
  • Dysphagia diets, consisting of texture-modified solid foods and partially thickened fluids may help to reduce the incidence of aspiration pneumonia.


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