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Ann Readapt Med Phys. 2004 Feb;47(1):13-9.

[Palatal myoclonus and dysphagia].

[Article in French]

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Service de médecine physique et de réadaptation, hôpital Pellegrin, CHU, 33076 Bordeaux cedex, France.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Post brainstem lesion dysphagia is frequently associated with palatal myoclonus (PM) but the correlation between these two symptoms is still unclear.

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to verify the relationship between PM and dysphagia, and if PM could itself induce dysphagia.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Twelve patients suffering from post brainstem lesion PM and dysphagia; 10 male and two female, mean aged of 50.5 years, were assessed using clinical examination, radiological and endoscopic examination of deglutition.

RESULTS:

In three cases, PM were associated with pharyngeal area decreasing, laryngeal aspiration, and dysphagia.

DISCUSSION:

This study confirms the hypothesis of close relationship between PM and dysphagia. In these cases, specific dysphagia therapy should be recommended.

CONCLUSION:

Post brainstem lesion dysphagia is sometimes associated with PM and in some cases, there is probably a relationship between PM and swallowing disorders of these patients.

PMID:
14967568
DOI:
10.1016/j.annrmp.2003.07.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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