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Do strokes cause dysphagia?

my father (72 years) suffered a haemoragic stroke 20 days back. post surgery, he is recovering satisfactorily but there is one problem. he is not able to swallow food, especially solid and semi-solid. He is currently on liquid (milk, fruit jiuce) diet. pl. help.
Tue, 26 Apr 2016
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Dysphagia is a common symptom in patients with ponto bulbar stroke. The main treatment includes diet modification as you are actually doing (liquid diet). As disphagia carries an increased risk of aspiration pneumonia, feeding must be on an upright position and not lied down.
The treatment includes also motor exercise and different swallowing techniques, but there is limited evidence to support their medical effectiveness in dysphagia treatment.
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