Dysphagia has tremendous impact on the quality of life of the patient and can potentially be fatal . Patients with dysphagia are at high risk of aspiration, malnutrition and dehydratation [2,5,6]
Living with dysphagia presents significant risks
Dysphagia has tremendous impact on the quality of life of the patient and can potentially be fatal .
|51% suffer from Aspiration [1,3,4]||Dysphagia patients are at high risk of choking and aspiration if they do not get the prescribed consistency [1,3,4]|
48% are Malnourished 
75% are Dehydrated 
|Dysphagia patients tend to eat and drink less resulting in a food and fluid intake that doesn’t meet nutritional needs. The underlying condition may also contribute to malnutrition.|
The patients point of view
The social and psychological impact of dysphagia has not been routinely examined in studies, however a study on 360 patients with dysphagia found the following results:
- 32% reported still being hungry and thirsty after their meal
- 36% avoided eating with others
- 41% experienced anxiety or panic during mealtime
- 50% claimed they were eating less
- 55% said that swallowing difficulties made their life less enjoyable
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- Lundy DS, Smith C, Colangelo L, et al., Aspiration: cause and implications. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1999;120(4):474.
- Raut VV, McKee GJ, Johnston BT. Effect of bolus consistency on swallowing—does altering consistency help? Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2001 Jan;258(1):49-53
- Bisch EM, Logemann JA, Rademaker AW, Kahrilas PJ, Lazarus CL. Pharyngeal effects of bolus volume, viscosity, and temperature in patients with dysphagia resulting from neurologic impairment and in normal subjects. J Speech Hear Res. 1994 Oct;37(5):1041-59.
- Felt P. Nutritional Management of Dysphagia in the Healthcare Setting. Healthcare Caterer. 2006;Spring 2006
- Leibovitz A, Baumoehl Y, Lubart E, Yaina A, Platinovitz N, Segal R. Dehydration among longterm care elderly patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia. Gerontology. 2007;53(4):179-83.
- Ekberg O, Hamdy S, Woisard V, Wuttge-Hannig A, Ortega P. Social and psychological burden of dysphagia: its impact on diagnosis and treatment. Dysphagia. 2002 Spring;17(2):139-46