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Referral criteria for speech and language therapy assessment of dysphagia caused by idiopathic Parkinson's disease.
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PMID:  9482675     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To examine the prevalence of dysphagia in idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD) in the outpatient setting and to determine what assessment criteria to use to select patients with dysphagia for referral to speech and language therapists. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sixty-four patients with IPD and 80 age-matched controls were interviewed in clinic about their swallowing history and an objective swallowing test administered. All patients were assessed over the next few weeks by an experienced speech and language therapist and dysphagia rated according to a modified Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Dysphagia Rating Scale and a novel global rating scale. The ability of various clinic criteria to predict patients with severe dysphagia were examined. RESULTS: Dysphagia for food was found in 30% of patients, significantly more than in controls. Swallowing speed and bolus volume were significantly lower in patients compared with controls and were correlated with declining Hoehn and Yahr score. Swallowing speed fell significantly on withdrawal of medication. The therapist's global rating score and Chicago score declined with Hoehn and Yahr score and duration of disease. However, only 10% of patients required dietary advice and none needed gastrostomy or tracheostomy. Discriminant analysis showed that various combinations of clinic selection criteria were no better than the presence of dysphagia for food at predicting which patients had significant dysphagia requiring advice from a therapist. CONCLUSIONS: Patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease should be questioned about dysphagia for food on a regular basis and, if present, should be referred to a speech and language therapist for further assessment and treatment. The outcome of this protocol should be tested prospectively.
C E Clarke; E Gullaksen; S Macdonald; F Lowe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta neurologica Scandinavica     Volume:  97     ISSN:  0001-6314     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Neurol. Scand.     Publication Date:  1998 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-04-06     Completed Date:  1998-04-06     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370336     Medline TA:  Acta Neurol Scand     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  27-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, Hull Royal Infirmary, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Deglutition Disorders / diagnosis*,  epidemiology,  etiology*
Middle Aged
Parkinson Disease / complications*,  etiology
Predictive Value of Tests
Referral and Consultation / statistics & numerical data*
Speech Therapy / statistics & numerical data*

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