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Oropharyngeal dysphagia profile in early versus late stage dementia

Abstract

Objective

The aim of this study was to evaluate swallowing in early and late stage dementia cases referred to the swallowing clinic with oropharyngeal dysphagia in order to have a comprehensive view about their characteristic oropharyngeal dysphagia profile toward different food textures to address them in their rehabilitation program.

Patients and Methods

Fiber-optic endoscopic examination of swallowing (FEES) was conducted to evaluate formally the oropharyngeal stage of swallowing in 26 individuals diagnosed with early mild Alzheimer dementia and late severe Alzheimer dementia. The FEES protocol included symptoms of presentation, route of feeding, bedside evaluation using different textures followed by evaluation of the oral preparatory stage, and the pharyngeal stage through FEES. In addition to observing the ability of the patient to imitate various oromotor actions and ability to follow commands related to the oral phase of swallowing.

Results

For early stage dementia, all food consistencies were considered safe except for mixed consistencies, large volumes of thin liquids and jelly, while the safest consistencies to use with the late stage dementia cases for quality of life and pleasurable feeds were thickened liquids and jelly consistency.

Conclusion

Oropharyngeal dysphagia profiles in early stage Alzheimer dementia is different from late stage Alzheimer dementia indicating that the mechanism behind dysphagia is different in the two groups.

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Correspondence to Aisha Fawzy Abdel Hady MD.

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Sheikhany, A.R., Hady, A.F.A. & Farag, S. Oropharyngeal dysphagia profile in early versus late stage dementia. Egypt J Otolaryngol 35, 103–109 (2019). https://doi.org/10.4103/ejo.ejo_98_18

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Keywords

  • Alzheimer dementia
  • fiber-optic endoscopic examination of swallowing
  • food consistencies
  • oropharyngeal dysphagia