, Volume 27, Issue 1, pp 64–69 | Cite as

Dysphagia in Inflammatory Myopathy: Self-report, Incidence, and Prevalence

  • Kylie Patricia MulcahyEmail author
  • Patricia Claire Langdon
  • Francis Mastaglia
Original Article


This study compared self-reported incidence and prevalence of dysphagia in inflammatory myopathy diseases with instrumental data from videofluoroscopy in a cohort of 18 patients with inflammatory myopathies (inclusion body myositis, polymyositis, and dermatomyositis). We found a high self-report of incidence of dysphagia and demonstrated that symptoms described by the patients follow a characteristic pattern. We conclude that there is a high incidence of dysphagia in all three of the inflammatory myopathies. Questions about swallowing should routinely be included in inflammatory myopathy patient examinations in order to appropriately refer patients for further investigation of their swallowing function and avoid the complications associated with dysphagia.


Deglutition Deglutition disorders Inflammatory myopathy Incidence Self-report 



Funding granted by Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Research Fund.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kylie Patricia Mulcahy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Patricia Claire Langdon
    • 1
  • Francis Mastaglia
    • 2
  1. 1.Speech Pathology DepartmentSir Charles Gairdner HospitalNedlandsAustralia
  2. 2.Australian Neuromusculature Research InstituteNedlandsAustralia

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