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Acta Neurol Scand. 2010 Nov;122(5):343-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0404.2009.01315.x.

Dysphagia and dysphonia among persons with post-polio syndrome - a challenge in neurorehabilitation.

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Käpylä Rehabilitation Centre, Finnish Association of People with Mobility Disabilities, Helsinki, Finland. sinikka.soderholm@kolumbus.fi

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To study the occurrence of dysphagia and dysphonia in persons with post-polio syndrome admitted into the centre for neurological rehabilitation in Finland.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Fifty-one persons with post-polio syndrome who were rehabilitated at Käpylä Rehabilitation Centre, Helsinki, Finland, in 2003-2004 were interviewed on problems with swallowing and voice production. Pulmonary function testing and grip strength measurement were performed. A clinical assessment of oral motor and laryngeal functions was carried out for those who reported daily problems with voice production or swallowing.

RESULTS:

Fifteen persons (29.4%) reported daily problems with swallowing or voice production. In the clinical assessment, the most commonly observed deficits in swallowing included decreased pharyngeal transit (n = 13) and the food catching in the throat (n = 4). The disturbance of co-ordination of breathing and voice production was seen in 12 persons. There were no significant differences in any of the potential predictors between the groups.

CONCLUSIONS:

Professionals need to be aware of the routine evaluation of dysphagia and dysphonia in patients with post-polio syndrome.

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