Stroke and problems with food inhalation | Children's Charity

Stroke and problems with food inhalation

This research was completed on 4 August 2006

Project LeaderDr David G Smithard, MD, FRCP and Professor Lalit Kalra, PhD, FRCP
LocationHealth 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 awarded12 July 2001
Start date5 August 2002
End date4 August 2006
Grant amount£131,070.00
Grant codeAP0910

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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.

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