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Placing nasogastric tubes in stroke patients with dysphagia: efficiency and tolerability of the reflex placement
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  • Published on:
    Impaired swallowing reflex in dysphagic stroke patients - a reply to Teramoto et al.
    • Rainer Dziewas
    • Other Contributors:
      • Matthias Schilling, and Carsten Konrad

    Dear Editor

    We appreciate the interesting comment on our paper [1] and the important clinical observations by Teramoto et al.

    In their recent studies the authors have shown that the simple swallowing provocation test (SPT) is able to identify patients being predisposed to aspiration pneumonia.[2,3] Based on their experience, featuring a failure of the SPT in 18 of 26 patients (70%), the authors are rig...

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    None declared.
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    Placing nasogastric tubes in stroke patients with dysphagia
    • Shinji Teramoto, MD, Lecturer
    • Other Contributors:
      • Hiroshi Yamamoto*, MD, Yasuhiro Yamaguchi,* MD, and Yasuyoshi Ouchi*, MD

    Dear Editor

    Because patients who have had an acute stroke often have dysphagia and tube feeding becomes necessary, the simple and comfort method for placing nasogastric tubes by inducing the swallowing reflex is identical.[1,2]

    The "reflex placement" method is originally based on our study. Our reflex method, i.e. simple swallowing provocation test (SPT) is easy, safe, and is independent of the patient's a...

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    None declared.