Diagnostic imaging company Bracco Diagnostics Inc reported on Friday the receipt of approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for VARIBAR NECTAR (barium sulfate) oral suspension to evaluate the oral and pharyngeal function and morphology in adult and paediatric patients with known or suspected swallowing disorders
under the modified barium swallow (MBS) examinations study.
Treatment is tailored to the particular cause of the swallowing disorder
In general, the residents most at risk for malnutrition and dehydration are those who are physically and cognitively impaired, have swallowing disorders
and poor oral health, are unable to speak English and do not have family members who can assist them at mealtime.
With such a large number of patients affected by swallowing disorders
, the availability of reliable and understandable literature that addresses treatment options would be of great importance.
An estimated 15 million people in the United States alone have a current diagnosis of dysphagia and nearly 60,000 die each year from complications associated with feeding and swallowing disorders
(Roy, Stemple, Merrill, & Thomas, 2007; Singh & Hamdy, 2008).
Faerella Boczko, MS, CCC-SLP, BRS-S, a board-recognized specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders
, is chief of the department of Speech-Language and Swallowing Disorders
at Jewish Home Lifecare, New York.
Swallow Safely: How Swallowing Problems Threaten the Elderly and Others" discusses swallowing disorders
and the challenges that face older people in the everyday task of eating.
This systematic review sought to investigate the relationship between oropharyngeal swallowing disorders
are commonly seen among veterans as a result of stroke, traumatic brain injury, and head and neck cancer.
Aging with MS, Swallowing Disorders
and their Management, Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction, and a newly revised Overview of Multiple Sclerosis were added to the 16 existing bulletins.
The study found that many LTC residents have swallowing disorders
that aren't recognized by the facilities.
The oldest surviving sufferer is 47, and many suffer muscle wasting, epilepsy, seizures, choking and swallowing disorders
that can kill prematurely.