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Dysphagia patients have longer hospital stays

Hospital patients with dysphagia average a 40% longer stay than patients without the condition, according to US researchers.

They evaluated more than 77 million admissions during 2005-2006, 271,983 of which were associated with dysphagia, a difficulty with swallowing. The median number of days in hospital for patients with dysphagia was 4.04, compared to 2.40 days for patients without dysphagia.

The authors said: “Early identification of dysphagia and therapeutic intervention are critical to preventing further complications in these patients and reducing length of stay.”

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