Stroke is commonly associated with dysphagia, which may necessitate the use of enteral feeding best provided by a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube. Resolution of dysphagia complicating stroke is observed in the days, weeks and months following the event. This may allow the resumption of a normal diet, and cessation of enteral feeding. However at the time dysphagia resolves many patients--with enteral feeding still in place--will have been discharged from facilities where expert speech and language therapy is available to assess recovery of swallow. We report three cases of patients with dysphagia following stroke who benefited from long term review of swallowing ability. We then discuss the benefits of such follow-up, and how it might best be achieved in the community.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Scottish Medical Journal|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2001|