Treatment
In patients with COPD swallowing can be affected due to the relationship between their respiratory cycle and swallowing (Good-Fratturelli, 2000). Due to this relationship patients with COPD also suffer from an increased risk of aspiration. Treatments covered in this section are mainly compensatory techniques due to the nature of aspiration. The Mendelsohn Manouever and Pursed Lip Breathing have shown some evidence of being a rehabilitative technique (Spahija, Marchie, & Grassino, 2005; Lazarus, Logemann, & Gibbons, 1993). Below are a list of links to the pages:





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References:
Good-Fratturelli, M., Curlee, R., & Holle, J. (2000). Prevalence and nature of dysphagia in VA patients with COPD referred for videofluoroscopic swallow examination. Journal of Communication Disorders, 33, 93-110.
Lazarus, C., Logemann, J., & Gibbons, P. (1993). Effects of maneuvers on swallowing function in a dysphagic oral cancer patient. Head and Neck, 15, 419-424.
Spahija, J., Marchie, M., & Grassino, A. (2005). Effects of imposed pursed-lips breathing on respiratory mechanics and dyspnea at rest and during exercise in COPD. Chest, 128, 640-650.