Treatment of Dysphagic Symptoms Resulting From Esophageal Disorders The speech-language pathologist (SLP) needs to remain aware of the dysphagic symptoms that result from esophageal disorders for several reasons: Often, it is not possible to determine on the basis of history and physical examination whether the symptoms result from an oropharyngeal or an esophageal disorder. Oropharyngeal and ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2007
Treatment of Dysphagic Symptoms Resulting From Esophageal Disorders
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  • Benson T. Massey
    GI Manometry Laboratory, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2007
Treatment of Dysphagic Symptoms Resulting From Esophageal Disorders
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2007, Vol. 16, 14-18. doi:10.1044/sasd16.4.14
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2007, Vol. 16, 14-18. doi:10.1044/sasd16.4.14
The speech-language pathologist (SLP) needs to remain aware of the dysphagic symptoms that result from esophageal disorders for several reasons:
  • Often, it is not possible to determine on the basis of history and physical examination whether the symptoms result from an oropharyngeal or an esophageal disorder.

  • Oropharyngeal and esophageal disorders can co-exist, further confounding management.

  • During the course of evaluating a patient the SLP may uncover evidence of an esophageal disorder and be in a position to recommend appropriate referral.

  • Certain treatments for oropharyngeal conditions can exacerbate problems of esophageal dysphagia; the converse is also possible.

  • Finally, recognition of the presence of an esophageal problem may help lead to the diagnosis of a previously unsuspected systemic disease, some of which may have implications for oropharyngeal function.

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