Decreased cough sensitivity and aspiration in Parkinson disease.

  title={Decreased cough sensitivity and aspiration in Parkinson disease.},
  author={Michelle S. Troche and Alexandra E. Brandimore and Michael S. Okun and Paul W. Davenport and Karen Wheeler Hegland},
  volume={146 5},
BACKGROUND Aspiration pneumonia is a leading cause of death in people with Parkinson disease (PD). The pathogenesis of these infections is largely attributed to the presence of dysphagia with silent aspiration or aspiration without an appropriate cough response. The goal of this study was to test reflex cough thresholds and associated urge-to-cough (UTC) ratings in participants with PD with and without dysphagia. METHODS Twenty participants with PD were recruited for this study. They… CONTINUE READING
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