A Study of Swallowing Problems and Aspiration Risks in Elderly Patients with Cervical Spine Fractures


About this study

The purpose of this study is to determine the incidence of swallowing disorders and the risk for aspiration in elderly patients who have cervical spine fractures.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria

  • Above 65 years of age
  • Controls undergoing elective lumbar spine surgery within Mayo Clinic Rochester
  • Patients with a stable cervical spine fracture and have a collar
  • Treated either operatively or non-operatively, and sent to the ICU 
  • Have an initial video swallow test done in either the Speech Language Pathology or Occupational Therapy Units

Exclusion Criteria

  • Had a preexisting swallowing disorder, including ENT malignancy or previous ENT surgery
  • Neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Without a cervical brace
  • Has maxillofacial trauma or head trauma
  • Peptic stricture
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Esophageal webs and rings
  • Carcinoma of the lung, esophagus, or ENT
  • Cardiovascular anomalies
  • Radiation injury
  • Achalasia
  • Spastic motility disorders
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • Functional dysphagia
  • Pathological or infection related cervical spine fracture
  • Below 65 years of age

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Michelle Clarke, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

Contact information:

Michelle Clarke M.D.


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