Last updated on March 2020

Dysphagia and VFMI in Cardiac Patients


Brief description of study

The proposed study seeks to determine the incidence of dysphagia and vocal fold mobility impairment (VFMI) in individuals undergoing cardiothoracic surgical procedures. It also seeks to determine the impact of postoperative swallowing impairment on health-related outcomes.

Detailed Study Description

Swallowing impairment and VFMI are common, yet often overlooked, complications of cardiac surgical procedures. The true incidence of both dysphagia and VFMI in this patient population is unclear due to a lack of rigorous study using instrumental assessment techniques and validated outcomes in all patents undergoing cardiac surgery. We therefore aimed to determine the incidence of dysphagia and VFMI in this patient population and to characterize impairment profiles related to swallowing safety and efficiency. We also aimed to assess the relative impact of VFMI and dysphagia on health-related outcomes such as length of hospital stay, pneumonia, sepsis, reintubation, and discharge status.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03768739

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