Hi Sandra, I’m back working in Florida on the west coast. I just screened a new resident post CVA with noted aphasia in her record and some dysarthria. On exam, her tongue had a fairly significant fissure at midline. Any recommendations for healing? I’m pushing water but nursing said she is resistant. I’m sending a second email with a picture to show what I tried to describe.
Hi K, I would be curious if your patient had the fissuring prior to the stroke. Many times, it is within the normal range to have a fissure or fissures. You ask about healing….is there something other than the fissure that should heal? I don’t think that fissures are symptoms of tissue that should be healed. I also noticed that her tongue deviates to her right in the photo. I wasn’t sure if you were asking for some ideas about the fissure, about lingual training, or about the dysphagia. Let me know so I can respond more specifically. Hope all is well 🙂