MD FRCP David Smithard BSc

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Although clinically evident aspiration is common in subjects with dysphagia, a significant proportion may aspirate silently, i.e., without any outward signs of swallowing difficulty. This article reviews the literature on the prevalence, etiology, and prognostic significance of silent aspiration. An electronic database search was performed using silent(More)
The goal of this study was to compare the diagnostic value of an absent gag reflex in acute stroke patients with the bedside swallowing assessment (BSA) and assess its relationship to outcomes. Two hundred forty-two acute stroke patients had their gag reflex tested and a BSA performed. Numbers needing nasogastric or gastrostomy tube insertion were noted,(More)
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