If untreated, difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) can cause dehydration, malnutrition, pneumonia, and death. Identifying the best treatment strategies for dysphagic patients begins with evaluation of swallowing function. This project compared three liquid barium materials of different viscosities (thicknesses) used during X-ray assessment of swallowing. Frequency of material entering the airway, amount of residue in the throat after swallowing, and patient preferences were compared among the bariums. The results supported the use of a thin honey barium (moderate thickness) because it was characterized by similar movement through the mouth and throat as the traditional honey barium (very thick) during the X-ray assessment and was preferred by patients.
Volume 49 Number 9, 2012
Pages 1399 — 1404
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