Tongue strength and swallowing capacity predict impairments in oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy

Takeaway

  • Oculopharyngeal impairments extend beyond swallowing issues through to chewing and speaking complaints, in people with oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD).

Why this matters

    Abnormal pharyngeal residue after swallowing in people with OMPD may serve as an early sign of oropharyngeal impairments; decreased swallowing capacity and tongue strength can be used for both prediction of and continual monitoring of such deficits.