Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 26, Issue 10, pp 720-722

First online:

Videofluoroscopic assessment in children with severe cerebral palsy presenting with dysphagia

  • R. E. R. WrightAffiliated withThe Ulster Hospital
  • , E. R. WrightAffiliated withThe Ulster Hospital
  • , C. A. CarsonAffiliated withThe Ulster Hospital

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In this study 16 patients with severe spastic cerebral palsy with an age range between 6 months and 16 years were examined using videofluoroscopy and a modified barium meal. All patients were slow, inefficient eaters. Silent aspiration was demonstrated in five cases. The latter five patients demonstrated a delayed swallow reflex but there was little correlation between aspiration and the oral phase of deglutition. Our data confirms the impression that early diagnostic workup including videofluoroscopy is helpful in managing the feeding difficulties in these children, and may prevent chronic aspiration and malnutrition.