Journal article

Dysphagia in spinocerebellar ataxia and multiple system atrophy-cerebellar

Adam P Vogel, Lori Fendel, K Paige Brubacher, Victoria Chan, Roxanne Maule

Speech, Language and Hearing | Maney Publishing | Published : 2015

Abstract

Dysphagia is a common sequelae of spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) and multiple system atrophy-cerebellar (MSA-C) resulting in significant nutritional, respiratory, and psychosocial impairment. Limited prognostic or descriptive data are available to inform clinical practice. In a retrospective observational study, we examined the frequency of dysphagic features among patients with MSA-C and SCA. Medical data from 24 patients consecutively admitted to a tertiary neurological care setting over an 18-month period from January 2011 to July 2013 were included. Dysphagia was present in 92% (12 of 13) of patients with SCA and 81% (9 of 11) patients with MSA-C. Overall, there was a high degree of clinic..

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