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A25 Dysphagia In Huntington’s Disease: The Practice Of Investigation And Treatment
  1. AW Heemskerk1,
  2. F Schradt2
  1. 1Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), Department of Neurology, Albinusdreef 2, PO Box 9600 2300RC Leiden, The Netherlands
  2. 2University of Ulm, Department Logopädie, Oberer Eselsberg 45, 89081 Ulm, Germany


The act of swallowing is a complex coordination of the sequence of activation and inhibition of muscles in the mouth, pharynx, larynx, and oesophagus. In Huntington’s disease (HD) dysphagia is a frequent finding. Many patients with HD die of aspiration pneumonia, which can be the consequence of dysphagia. In HD aspiration pneumonia is even the most frequently encountered primary cause of death. It is therefore of interest to get a better insight into the specific dysphagia features in HD, and their progress during the disease.

During the course participants will get an insight into the most recent research on dysphagia in HD. Further, the validated Huntington’s Disease Dysphagia Scale (HDDS) will be introduced. Lots of Videofluoroscopic (VFSS) findings, and images of Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) will be demonstrated. Further, the most recent clinical tips and advices will be presented.

  • Huntington’s disease; dysphagia; videofluoroscopic images; fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing; treatment

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