Physiological Flow of Liquids Used in Dysphagia Management

Purpose

People with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis often report difficulties with
swallowing, and thickened liquids are commonly recommended to manage swallowing problems. This study will help us to better understand swallowing impairment and how liquid thickness influences swallowing function. You will be asked to participate in tongue strength measurements and a swallowing x-ray study.

Procedures

The purpose of this research study is to identify the factors which place individuals with neurodegenerative conditions at risk for unsafe swallowing (i.e.,food or liquids entering the airway, known as aspiration) or post-swallow residue(i.e., material remaining in the throat after the swallow). This study is a one-time visit that will last about 1 hour.

Eligibility 

Adults (18+) with a confirmed diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD)

For additional study information, please contact Kelby Magennis:

Age

18 to 65
65 and over

Gender

Male
Female

Monetary compensation

Yes

Can be done from home

No

Keywords

Parkinson disease, Parkinson's disease, Parkinson's disease - resources, Neurology

Principal Investigator

Emily K. Plowman, PhD, CCC-SLP

Department

Neurology

Contact Information

kmagennis@phhp.ufl.edu

(352) 273-9725


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