Treatment for Wallenberg's Syndrome
Treatment for Wallenberg’s syndrome is similar to that of stroke. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reports that in most cases, treatment for the patient is tailored based on the symptoms that develop. For instance, if swallowing becomes a pervasive issue, a feeding tube may be required to ensure that the patient is receiving enough nourishment. For patients that have suffered from vocal cord paralysis, speech therapy is helpful for restoring function. Although medication is typically used to help reduce pain—especially the pain associated with facial sensitivity—there are no known medicinal treatments for resolving the syndrome in and of itself. For patients suffering with this condition, the prognosis is good, but not specific. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke goes on to note that with medical intervention patients suffering from Wallenberg’s syndrome may experience a lessening of symptoms. In some cases, symptoms will abate altogether after a few weeks.
Despite the fact that the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reports that research into improving health outcomes and treatments for those suffering from Wallenberg’s syndrome are being undertaken, an exhaustive search of the institute’s database and other medical publications indicates, that there are currently no systematic investigations into this condition at the present time. Although findings of the disorder in patients suffering fro brain stem strokes are noted, there is a dearth of empirical research on Wallenberg’s syndrome overall. What this suggests is that the prevalence of the condition is not substantial enough to warrant extensive investigation. Clearly, more research is needed if this condition is to be truly understood.