Gastrointestinal dysfunction after stroke

G. Scivoletto, U. Fuoco, D. Badiali, F. Bracci, L. Di Lucente, A. Petrelu, V. U. Vona, V. Castellano, E. Corazriari

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Dysphagia and constipation are referred by stroke patients after the neurological lesion. Aims: to assess the prevalence of gastrointestinal symptoms in stroke patients; to assess if constipation is due to physical immobilization or to the cerebral lesion; to assess the Central Nervous System (CNS) location of the centers of swallowing and defaecation and the relationship between dysphagia and constipation with the location of the CNS lesion; 83 patients (M45, F38,age 67+12) with unilateral unique ischémie or haemorragic stroke were interviewed using a standardized and validated questionnaire; 47 pts. had a lesion of the right hemisphere, 36 of the left one; 44 pts. had a cortical lesion, 39 a subcortical one. The cognitive status, assessed by means of Mini Mental State Rapid was normal. The physical mobility was evaluated according to the APECS score. A control group of 86 orthopedic patients (M17, F69, age 73+-13) was also interviewed. The following symptoms were reported after the neurological lesion: dysphagia (15.6%), heartburn (48%), abdominal pain (27%), faecal incontinence (10%) and constipation (30%). The prevalence of dysphagia (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118
Number of pages1
JournalItalian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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