Dysphagia Rehabilitation in Japan

Mikoto Baba, Eiichi Saitoh, Sumiko Okada

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This article describes the features of Japanese dysphagia rehabilitation, particularly where it differs from that in the United States. Many kinds of professionals participate in dysphagia rehabilitation; nurses and dental associates take important roles, and the Japanese insurance system covers that. Videofluorography and videoendoscopy are common and are sometimes done by dentists. Intermittent catheterization is applied to nutrition control in some cases. The balloon expansion method is applied to reduce pharyngeal residue after swallowing. If long-term rehabilitation does not work effectively in dysphagia due to brainstem disorder, the authors consider reconstructive surgery to improve function.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-938
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 11-2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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