Journal article

Acute characteristics of pediatric dysphagia subsequent to traumatic brain injury: Videofluoroscopic assessment

A Morgan, E Ward, B Murdoch, K Bilbie

JOURNAL OF HEAD TRAUMA REHABILITATION | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2002

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To document the acute characteristics of swallowing impairment in a group of children post moderate/severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) by means of videofluoroscopy. PARTICIPANTS: Eighteen children with moderate/severe TBI. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Videofluoroscopy at an average of 27.7 days post-injury. RESULTS: Subjects demonstrated a range of dysphagia severity levels: mild-moderate (n = 8), moderate (n = 6), moderate-severe (n = 3), and severe (n = 1) and had a combination of oral and pharyngeal phase characteristics. More specifically, observable features or physiological impairments that were identified included reduced lingual control, hesitancy of tongue movement, repetitive ..

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