Manchester, UK – 21st July 2017 – Phagenesis Ltd, an important leader in the treatment of dysphagia, announced today that Phagenyx® Next Generation catheter got CE Mark for neurogenic dysphagia.
Dysphagia (the inability to swallow safely) is a condition with important prevalence as well as high clinical and health economic burden. Dysphagia occurs in 29-55% of stroke patients1, while 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke2 every year and is common also in many other diseases.
Dysphagia is a debilitating condition that frequently leads to life-threatening complications, including aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition, dehydration and the surgical implantation of a PEG tube to allow a patient to be fed indefinitely through the abdomen wall. Furthermore, patients with dysphagia experience a dramatic reduction in Quality-of-Life3.
Phagenesis remains committed to transforming the lives of people with dysphagia by launching in 2017 Phagenyx® Next Generation catheter. It is the result of company’s engagement to continuous innovation and product improvement. The dysphagia treatment will be easier with the Phagenyx® Next Generation catheter, which allows an optimal and customized treatment, as well as safe feeding for every patient.
Phagenyx® provides a unique innovative treatment for neurogenic dysphagia that uses Pharyngeal Electrical Stimulation (PES) to restore neurological control and in turn improve the swallow function. Phagenyx® is designed to treat the cause of dysphagia, thereby reducing the risk of complications and associated costs and improving outcomes.
The Phagenyx® treatment system delivers a calibrated electrical signal to the back of the throat (oropharynx) for 10 minutes a day for three consecutive days. This protocol has shown to lead to a clinically and statistically significant improvement in swallowing function in a majority of dysphagia patients.
The treatment is based on over 20 years of research and development led by Professor Shaheen Hamdy at the University of Manchester, UK.
1. Martino R., Foley N., Bhogalet S. et al. Dysphagia after stroke: incidence, diagnosis, and pulmonary complications. Stroke 2005; 36, 2756–2763.
3.Marik P. et al. Aspiration Pneumonia and Dysphagia in the Elderly. Chest 2003.124;328-336.