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Treatment for dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) in hereditary ataxia

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, November 2015
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Treatment for dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) in hereditary ataxia
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Cochrane database of systematic reviews, November 2015
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd010169.pub2
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Adam P Vogel, Megan J Keage, Kerstin Johansson, Ellika Schalling


Hereditary ataxias are a heterogeneous group of disorders resulting in progressive inco-ordination. Swallowing impairment, also known as dysphagia, is a common and potentially life threatening sequel of disease progression. The incidence and nature of dysphagia in these conditions is largely unknown. The loss of an effective and safe swallow can dramatically affect the health and well-being of an individual. Remediation of difficulties of eating and drinking is an important goal in the clinical care of people with hereditary ataxia. To assess the effects of interventions for swallowing impairment (dysphagia) in people with hereditary ataxias. We searched the Cochrane Neuromuscular Disease Group Specialized Register, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL Plus, PsycINFO, and the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) on 14 September 2015. We also searched Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA), Dissertation Abstracts, and Trials Registries on 24 September 2015. We considered all randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-RCTs that compared treatments for hereditary ataxia with placebo or no treatment. We only included studies measuring dysphagia. Three review authors (ES, KJ, MK) independently screened all titles and abstracts. In the event of any disagreement or uncertainty over the inclusion of a particular paper, the review authors planned to meet and reach consensus. We identified no RCTs from the 519 titles and abstracts screened. We excluded papers primarily for not including participants with a hereditary ataxia (that is, being focused on other neurological conditions), being theoretical reviews rather than intervention studies, or being neither randomised nor quasi-randomised trials.We identified five papers of various design that described treatment for dysphagia, or improvement to swallow as a by-product of treatment, in people with hereditary ataxia. None of these studies were RCTs or quasi-RCTs. There is an absence of any significant evidence supporting the use of any dysphagia intervention in hereditary ataxia. The lack of evidence highlights the critical need for well-controlled treatment trials in the field.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
South Africa 1 <1%
Unknown 135 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 28 21%
Student > Master 22 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 10%
Researcher 12 9%
Student > Postgraduate 11 8%
Other 21 15%
Unknown 28 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 39 29%
Nursing and Health Professions 19 14%
Social Sciences 7 5%
Psychology 6 4%
Computer Science 5 4%
Other 19 14%
Unknown 41 30%

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