Thickeners help patients with difficulty swallowing
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Patients of dysphagia, or the difficulty in swallowing, are at a high risk of pulmonary aspiration — or breathing in food or drink particles — and subsequent pneumonia resulting from food or liquids going into the lungs, doctors have warned.
August 29, 2013, 11:48 am TWN
Huang Te-chun, a doctor from the Kaohsiung Medical School, noted that over half of the patients who have suffered from a stroke or need long-term medical care have difficulty in swallowing.
Patients who suffer from dysphagia would be better off consuming thicker fluids. The thicker consistency makes it less likely that dysphagia patients will aspirate while they are drinking. A range of commercial thickeners are available, including products from Japan-based FoodCare.