McCullough GH, Kim Y.
Dysphagia. 2013 Mar 14.
The Mendelsohn maneuver, voluntary prolongation of laryngeal elevation during the swallow, has been widely used as a compensatory strategy to improve upper esophageal sphincter (UES) opening and bolus flow. Recent research suggests that when used as a rehabilitative exercise, it significantly improves duration of hyoid movement and positively impacts duration of UES opening (DOUESO). The data presented here were derived from that same prospective crossover study of 18 participants with dysphagia post-stroke evaluated with videofluoroscopy after treatment using the Mendelsohn maneuver versus no treatment. Results demonstrate gains in the extent of hyoid movement and UES opening and improvements in coordination of structural movements with each other as well as with bolus flow.
Yi Y, Yang EJ, Kim J, Kim WJ, Min Y, Paik NJ.
J Rehabil Med. 2012 Nov 5;44(11):922-5. doi: 10.2340/16501977-1050.
Objective: To investigate predictive factors for percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) removal, thereby minimizing unnecessary PEG insertion in post-stroke dysphagia.
Design: Retrospective cohort study. Patients: A total of 49 patients who undertook PEG tube insertion for post-stroke dysphagia
Methods: Patients were divided into a removal group (n = 8) and a sustaining group (n = 41) depending on the presence of a PEG tube. Patients’ demographic data, nutritional status, Charlson’s Comorbidity Index (CCI), and video-fluoroscopic swallowing study findings at the time of PEG insertion were compared between the 2 groups.
Results: Eight out of 49 patients (16.3%) removed the PEG tube at a mean of 4.8 months after the insertion. Demographic data, nutritional status, and CCI were comparable between the 2 groups before tube insertion. Video-fluoroscopic swallowing study findings in the removal group showed a lower prevalence of premature bolus loss (50.0% vs 73.2%; p = 0.032), aspiration (37.5% vs 80.6%; p = 0.012) and pharyngeal trigger delay (12.5% vs 74.2%; p = 0.010) than those in the sustaining group.
Conclusion: The absence of aspiration or pharyngeal trigger delay in video-fluoroscopic swallowing study findings at the time of PEG insertion may be a predictive factor for eventual removal of PEG tubes. Identification of removal factors will assist in determining PEG insertion.