, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 243–253 | Cite as

Dysphagia Management: An Analysis of Patient Outcomes Using VitalStim™ Therapy Compared to Traditional Swallow Therapy

  • Mary KigerEmail author
  • Catherine S. Brown
  • Lynn Watkins


This study compares the outcomes using VitalStim™ therapy to outcomes using traditional swallowing therapy for deglutition disorders. Twenty-two patients had an initial and a followup videofluoroscopic swallowing study or fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing and were divided into an experimental group that received VitalStim treatments and a control group that received traditional swallowing therapy. Outcomes were analyzed for changes in oral and pharyngeal phase dysphagia severity, dietary consistency restrictions, and progression from nonoral to oral intake. Results of χ2 analysis showed no statistically significant difference in outcomes between the experimental and control groups.


Dysphagia VitalStim™ Deglutition Deglutition disorders 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Kiger
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  • Catherine S. Brown
    • 2
  • Lynn Watkins
    • 1
  1. 1.Whitaker Rehabilitation CenterWinston-SalemUSA
  2. 2.Thomasville Medical CenterThomasvilleUSA
  3. 3.Forsyth Rehabilitation CenterWinston-SalemUSA

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