Esophageal Considerations After Spinal Cord Injury Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are frequently involved with patients after spinal cord injury due to the frequency of speech and swallowing problems. Any stage of swallowing can be adversely affected, and it is imperative that the SLP be aware that spinal cord injuries at various levels can produce a variety of ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2011
Esophageal Considerations After Spinal Cord Injury
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  • Julie A. Huffman
    Rex Hospital, Raleigh, NC
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2011
Esophageal Considerations After Spinal Cord Injury
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2011, Vol. 20, 9-13. doi:10.1044/sasd20.1.9
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2011, Vol. 20, 9-13. doi:10.1044/sasd20.1.9

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are frequently involved with patients after spinal cord injury due to the frequency of speech and swallowing problems. Any stage of swallowing can be adversely affected, and it is imperative that the SLP be aware that spinal cord injuries at various levels can produce a variety of deficits affecting oropharyngeal, esophageal, and many other functions. The SLP has a role in assessment and treatment of oropharyngeal dysphagia and also in recognizing how and when this injury should lead to screening and referral for disorders in the esophageal stage.

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