Interaction between decline of swallowing and cognitive function in MND

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Dysphagia (swallowing impairment) occurs in nearly all people with MND as the disease progresses (¹). Dysphagia significantly affects patient health through weight loss, dehydration, malnutrition, and respiratory compromise, increasing caregiver burden and reducing quality of life. The MND Australia Research Priorities Survey (²) highlights dysphagia as the 2nd highest research priority for management and care. In addition, nearly half of people with MND experience mild to severe cognitive and/or behavioural changes (³), which are associated with shortened survival, impaired decision making and reduced adherence to treatment strategies. Emerging evidence suggests cognitive changes may impact on a person’s ability to recognise and, therefore, manage dysphagia, eg. due to a lack of awareness of swallowing decline or sensorimotor deficits resulting in undetected (silent) aspiration (¹,4).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338
Number of pages1
JournalAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
Issue numberSupp 1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2019
Event30th International Symposium on ALS/MND 2019 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20196 Dec 2019


  • Swallowing
  • Cognitive
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • genetic counselling
  • FALS
  • genetic testing


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