Dysphagia's Signs and Causes
General signs may include:
Coughing during or right after eating or drinking
Wet or gurgly sounding voice during or after eating or drinking
Extra effort or time needed to chew or swallow
Food or liquid leaking from the mouth or getting stuck in the mouth
Recurring pneumonia or chest congestion after eating
Weight loss or dehydration from not being able to eat enough
Poor nutrition or dehydration with weight loss
Risk of aspiration which can lead to pneumonia and chronic lung disease
Less enjoyment or even fear of eating or drinking
Embarrassment or isolation in situations involving eating
The causes of swallowing disorders in:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Brain Injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Parkinson's Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
Infants & Children
- Cleft lip/palate
- Developmental Disability
- The RoseCup system is not currently suitable for use in babies
Problems affecting the head and neck, including:
Cancer in the mouth, throat or esophagus
Injury or surgery involving the head and neck
Decayed or missing teeth, or poorly fitting dentures
An estimated 75% of cases are un-diagnosed. Early diagnosis allows for rehabilitation before complications make rehabilitation increasingly difficult.
Speech Pathologists have a pivotal role in the assessment and management of Dysphagia.
It is recommended that any person who knows or suspect they have a swallowing disorder should contact a local Speech Pathologist that specialise in Dysphagia, to assist them to evaluate their swallowing and perform special tests necessary for assessments and screenings.
The RoseCup has been developed in Australia and is a TGA registered, Class 1 Medical Device. It has been designed to assist with access to nutrition and hydration for anyone struggling with feeding and swallowing or who has been diagnosed with dysphagia.