Stroke and problems with food inhalation
This research was completed on 4 August 2006
|Project Leader||Dr David G Smithard, MD, FRCP and Professor Lalit Kalra, PhD, FRCP|
|Location||Health Care of Older People, William Harvey Hospital, Ashford in conjunction with the Department of Medicine, Guy's, King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine, London.|
|Grant awarded||12 July 2001|
|Start date||5 August 2002|
|End date||4 August 2006|
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Stroke is the third commonest cause of death and the leading cause of severe disability in the community. About half of all patients following an acute stroke have difficulty swallowing and in some cases food is “inhaled” into the lungs. We know that patients with swallowing problems suffer an increased risk of chest infection, poor nutrition and a longer stay in hospital. But in some patients, food and liquid are going down into their lungs despite an apparently normal swallow – a process called silent aspiration. The aim of this research is to determine how common it is to inhale food silently after stroke, and whether it affects patient recovery.