Clin Nutr ESPEN 2021 Aug 31;44:348-355. Epub 2021 May 31.
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Maastricht University Medical Center, P.O. Box 5800, 6202, AZ, Maastricht, the Netherlands; School for Oncology and Developmental Biology - GROW, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Background & Aims: Malnutrition in head and neck cancer (HNC) patients is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this study is two-fold: to identify the risk of malnutrition in patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia (OD) secondary to HNC, and to determine the relationship between the risk of malnutrition versus tumor characteristics, treatment modality, time interval (between the end of oncological treatment and swallowing assessment date), level of oral intake, body mass index (BMI), aspiration, pharyngeal pooling, and OD-related quality of life (QoL).
Methods: The Short Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire (SNAQ) was used to screen patients for the risk of malnutrition. Read More