Determination of Accurate Screening Tools for Dysphagia in Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophy


The purpose of this research study is to determine how accurate different tests are at identifying swallowing difficulties in persons with OPMD.


  • In-person clinic examinations 
  • Swallowing x-ray study
  • Cough testing
  • Tongue pressure examination 
  • Tongue function examination 


    • 18 Years to 80 Years
    • Diagnosis of oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy
    • No allergies to barium or capsaicin
    • No tracheotomy or mechanical ventilation
    • No significant concurrent respiratory disease (e.g., COPD)

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18 to 65
65 and over



Monetary compensation


Can be done from home



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Principal Investigator

Emily K. Plowman, PhD, CCC-SLP



Contact Information

(352) 273-9725

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