Which compensatory techniques are used to reduce aspiration in dysphagia?

Updated: Mar 20, 2020
  • Author: Nam-Jong Paik, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Elizabeth A Moberg-Wolff, MD  more...
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Answer

Maintaining oral feeding often requires compensatory techniques to reduce aspiration or improve pharyngeal clearance. These include the following:

  • Use of the chin-tuck position

  • Rotation of the head to the affected side

  • Tilting of the head to the strong side

  • Lying on one's side or back during swallowing

  • Supraglottic swallow

  • Bolus-clearing maneuvers


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