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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2014 April;50(2):185-8

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Rehabilitation approaches to dysphagia that was developed for a patient who attempted to commit suicide by hanging: a case report

Kii Y. 1, 2, Mizuma M. 2

1 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Showa University Northern Yokohama Hospital, Yokohama, Japan;
2 Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Showa University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan


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We report our experience with a case of attempted suicidal hanging presenting with dysphagia, in which rehabilitation approaches resulted in improvement. A 36-year-old man was discovered collapsed at home. From the finding of a broken cord nearby, attempted suicide by hanging was suspected. He was transported to hospital after 40 minutes, and regained consciousness after emergency treatment. There were no noteworthy findings on brain magnetic resonance imaging, cervical spine computed tomography, or vocal cord examination. There were no noteworthy psychiatric disorders or cognitive abnormalities. On hospital day 10, he showed signs of dysphagia. Videofluoroscopic examination of swallowing revealed piriform sinuses residue and aspiration after ingestion of jelly in any posture. Rehabilitation approaches were started based on the diagnosis of dysphagia due to impaired transit through the piriform sinuses. The patient achieved independent oral intake by 40 days after the injury. In this case, dysphagia was considered attributable to compression of the vagus nerves running along the lateral aspects of the neck by the cord used in the hanging. If compression is brief, full functional recovery can be expected. Implementation of rehabilitation approaches is also important in this situation.

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