This site is not optimized for Internet Explorer 8 (or older).
Please upgrade to a newer version of Internet Explorer or use an alternate browser such as Chrome or Firefox.
Is Dysphagia After Cardiac Operations a “Preexisting Condition”?
The authors tested a group of 176 patients undergoing cardiac surgery for dysphagia both preoperatively and postoperatively. Preoperatively, 8.5% of patients failed the swallow test. Postoperatively, 21.6% failed the test. All patients who failed preoperatively also failed postoperatively. Thus, approximately 40% fo patients who have postop dysphagia had evidence of dysphagia preoperatively.
These results beg the question: Ought we to be screening at-risk patients for dysphagia preoperatively? If so, how would this change management postop?