Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

Effectiveness of Different Application Parameters of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation for the Treatment of Dysphagia After a Stroke: A Systematic Review

Diéguez-Pérez, I., & Leirós-Rodríguez, R. (2020).
Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(8)
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Article Details

Description

This is a systematic review of experimental studies investigating the parameters of neuromuscular electrical stimulation in patients with post-stroke dysphagia.

Questions/Aims Addressed

This review aimed to evaluate the efficacy of various application parameters of neuromuscular electrical stimulation as treatment for dysphagia after stroke.

Population

Patients with post-stroke dysphagia

Intervention/Assessment

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

Number of Studies Included

21

Years Included

2015 to March 2020


Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Treatment

Results suggested that the following parameters of neuromuscular electrical stimulation were most commonly found in treating dysphagia following stroke:
  • a frequency of 60 to 80 hertz (Hz);
  • 700 microseconds (µs) of impulse time;
  • an intensity above the motor threshold, but respecting the patient's tolerance;
  • application time of 20 to 30 minutes;
  • placement of the electrodes on the anterior side of the neck; and
  • the patient simultaneously makes voluntary contractions of the deficient muscles to optimize muscular strength.

Keywords: Electrical Stimulation, Electrical Stimulation, Dysphagia, Stroke

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Treatment

Results suggested that the following parameters of neuromuscular electrical stimulation were most commonly found in treating dysphagia following stroke:
  • a frequency of 60 to 80 hertz (Hz);
  • 700 microseconds (µs) of impulse time;
  • an intensity above the motor threshold, but respecting the patient's tolerance;
  • application time of 20 to 30 minutes;
  • placement of the electrodes on the anterior side of the neck; and
  • the patient simultaneously makes voluntary contractions of the deficient muscles to optimize muscular strength.

Keywords: Electrical Stimulation, Electrical Stimulation, Dysphagia, Stroke

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