Dysphagia after Stroke: an Overview

Curr Phys Med Rehabil Rep. 2013 Sep;1(3):187-196. doi: 10.1007/s40141-013-0017-y.


Dysphagia affects the vast majority of acute stroke patients. Although it improves within 2 weeks for most, some face longstanding swallowing problems that place them at risk for pneumonia, malnutrition, dehydration, and significantly affect quality of life. This paper discusses the scope, the disease burden, and the tools available for screening and formal evaluation of dysphagia. The most common and recently developed treatment interventions that might be useful in the treatment of this population are discussed.

Keywords: Deglutition; Dysphagia; Stroke; Swallowing.