A swallowing disorder (dysphagia) is characterized by difficulty or discomfort in swallowing. The difficulty typically arises while ingesting foods and/or liquids. Swallowing disorders following stroke are common, affecting 22% to 65% of patients, and may persist for many months. Swallowing disorders require immediate attention and if ignored may result in serious morbidity or even mortality, especially when identified in patients with acute stroke.

Ramsey D.J.C., Smithard D.G., Kalra L. (2003). Early Assessments of Dysphagia and Aspiration Risk in Acute Stroke Patients. Stroke. 34;1252-1257.

Authors*: Katie Sharpe MHSc Student; Dr. Rosemary Martino, MSc PhD; Dr. Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT; Tatiana Ogourtsova, PhD Cand MSc BSc OT.

Evidence reviewed as of before 18-01-2017 


NOTE: *The authors have no direct financial interest in any tools, tests or interventions presented in StrokEngine.