J Korean Dysphagia Soc.  2016 Jan;6(1):15-19. 10.0000/jkdps.2016.6.1.15.

Evidence Based Review of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for Swallowing

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  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Konyang University College of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea. jbocean@kyuh.ac.kr

Abstract

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is a relatively new therapeutic approach for dysphagia, involving the application of electrical current across the skin to excite the nerve or muscle tissue. Recently, investigators are trying to establish a scientific basis for NMES, but there is still debate over the effect of NMES in dysphagia rehabilitation. Moreover, there is a paucity of evidence about patient selection, electrode placement, stimulation parameters, and application duration. This paper is aimed to review recent evidence of NMES for dysphagia management.

Keyword

Deglutition; Deglutition disorders; Electric stimulation
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