Rehabilitational Approach for Chronic Dysphagic Patients

Sumiko Okada, Eiichi Saitoh, Junko Fujitani, Kouichirou Ueda, Naoko Okudaira

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This retrospective study was designed to (1) outline the profiles of chronic dysphagic patients in a rehabilitational setting, and (2) measure the effects of a rehabilitational team approach. Almost all patients attributed to neurological etiology, with stroke responsible for the major contribution (82%) of the 88 dysphagic patients. However, their symptoms mainly derived from pharyngeal stage disturbance (aspiration), with coexistence of impairments in the anticipatory (cognitive), preparatory (masticational) and oral (lingual) stages judged to be obvious importance in the clinical context. Many patients had a history of neglected dysphagic problems in the acute stage. After therapeutic intervention mainly using rehabilitational procedures, half the patients saw obvious improvement in their swallowing functions. These results suggest that the rehabilitational approach is effective for chronic dysphagic patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-175
Number of pages7
JournalJapan Journal of Logopedics and Phoniatrics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing


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