Journal article

Incidence and clinical presentation of dysarthria and dysphagia in the acute setting following paediatric traumatic brain injury

AT Morgan, S-D Mageandran, C Mei

CHILD CARE HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A lack of data on dysarthria and dysphagia outcomes for children following traumatic brain injury (TBI) limits our clinical evidence base, and poses daily challenges for the speech language pathologist (SLP) managing this group. The present study aimed to examine dysarthria and dysphagia incidence and the clinical presentation of children with these disorders in the acute phase following TBI. METHODS: Incidence and characteristics were determined via a comprehensive retrospective medical chart review of children consecutively referred to a tertiary paediatric hospital over an 8-year period. Cases (n= 22 dysarthria, n= 72 dysphagia) and matched controls were compared across ancill..

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