Criteria to Assess Tongue Strength for Predicting Penetration and Aspiration in Patients With Stroke Having Dysphagia

The purpose of this study was to analyze tongue strength and the presence or absence of penetration and aspiration, using instrumental assessments, to provide a basis for clinical decision-making. Seventy-nine subjects underwent a videofluoroscopic swallowing study and assessment of tongue pressures with the IOPI. The study found that tongue strength has predictive abilities to screen for penetration and aspiration in stroke patients with swallowing disorders.

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