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Dysphagia Following Extubation Part 2

We know that intubation can impact the swallow.   How does intubation affect swallowing?

Is it a strength deficit or a sensory deficit?

This post will take a look at studies that look at the impact of intubation on sensation of the tongue and the larynx.

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Dysphagia Following Extubation Part 1

When it comes to patients that are intubated, there are a lot of factors to consider.

What is their current diagnosis, why are they intubated, how long were they intubated?   Was intubation traumatic?   Have they self-extubated?

There is a lot of discussion over the timing of the evaluation.   Traditionally, it has been thought that there needs to be a period of 24 hours following extubation to allow for recovery.

This series of posts will break down what the evidence tells us regarding post extubation dysphagia.

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