Dysphagia cerebral palsy is an incurable condition that makes it painful, difficult, and in some cases nearly impossible for a person to swallow. Usually a symptom of cerebral palsy that shows up shortly after birth, dysphagia causes a number of problems associated with eating, talking and breathing.
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What’s the problem?
Dysphagia in cerebral palsy children is a result of a lack of coordination or weakness of the muscles associated with swallowing. An estimated 60% of cerebral palsy children experience dysphagia. The problem can be very serious, especially because dysphagia in cerebral palsy children can lead to malnutrition. Difficulties swallowing the right foods, or infection if the food becomes lodged in the windpipe or in the lungs are complications of dysphagia in cerebral palsy children.
Symptoms of Dysphagia Cerebral Palsy
Dysphagia in cerebral palsy children may be exhibited by:
- drooping of the palate
- depressed gag reflex
- pooling of saliva in the pharynx
- weak cough
- poor control of the tongue
Choking and coughing while eating can be caused by this lack of coordination in swallowing, frequently followed by aspiration, or sucking food into an airway. Aspiration of oral contents introduces bacteria into normally sterile airways, resulting in pulmonary infection and lung damage.
Dysphagia CP Treatment
Every year an estimated 60,000 people will die from dysphagia, mainly affecting cerebral palsy or stroke sufferers. New treatment methods are being researched to help dysphagia in cerebral palsy children all the time.
Most recently, a new electric procedure has been shown to help dysphagia. Over time, a device similar to the one used for electrical stimulation has been developed, which required extra care because the throat has so many arteries leading to the brain.
Do I have a Dysphagia Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?
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