The Natural History of Dysphagia following a Stroke

  title={The Natural History of Dysphagia following a Stroke},
  author={David Graeme Smithard and P. O'Neill and Ruth E. England and Clare L. Park and Rosemary Wyatt and Derrick F. Martin and Julie Morris},
To assess the frequency and natural history of swallowing problems following an acute stroke, 121 consecutive patients admitted within 24 hours of the onset of their stroke were studied prospectively. The ability to swallow was assessed repeatedly by a physician, a speech and language therapist, and by videofluoroscopy. Clinically 51% (61/121) of patients were assessed as being at risk of aspiration on admission. Many swallowing problems resolved over the first 7 days, through 28/110 (27%) were… CONTINUE READING
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