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#T4TD: pneumonia

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer: zero-stars #T4TD (thought for the day) How bad is your breathing and lung function? Every year a few of our patients with advanced MS die. During the first COVID-19 lockdown I received an email from the husband of one of my patients I had been looking after for over a decade. Thankfully she died peacefully in her sleep. Her MS had affected her swallowing to such an...

Swallowing difficulties in MS

Swallowing difficulty or dysphagia occurs in a third of MS cases. Aside from the discomfort, it is dangerous for small bits of food to go down the wrong way into the lungs rather than in to the gullet. The latter can lead to chest infections (termed aspiration pneumonia), and is the leading cause of death in neurodegenerative conditions including MS. Early review of swallowing by Speech and...

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