What is the goal of speech therapy in patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)?

Updated: May 04, 2018
  • Author: Michael T Andary, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Milton J Klein, DO, MBA  more...
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Speech therapy is aimed at promoting speech and safe swallowing skills for patients who have significant oropharyngeal weakness with resultant dysphagia and dysarthria. In ventilator-dependent patients, alternative communication strategies also may need to be implemented.

Once weaned from the ventilator, patients with tracheostomies can learn voicing strategies and can eventually be weaned from the tracheostomy tube. Cognitive screening also can be performed conjointly with neuropsychology to assess for deficits, since cognitive problems have been reported in some patients with GBS, especially those who have had an extended ICU stay.


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