Dysphagia is a common symptom in Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological pathologies that refers to swallowing disorders.
These disorders can make it difficult to properly eat food and fluids, thus leading to malnutrition and dehydration. A severe complication happens when food or fluids accidentally enter the lungs, causing aspiration pneumonia. There is also the risk of asphyxiation, happening when food completely blocks the airway.
Affected people are often unaware of these problems and their consequences.
We propose an early detection, assessment, and intervention of swallowing disorders to promote a safe swallowing that avoids respiratory problems and a greater swallowing efficiency to facilitate a good state of nutrition and hydration.