Dysphagia in Brazil Dysphagia and deglutition are complex topics that have been receiving increased attention in the last ten years in Brazil. Undoubtedly, direct evaluation of dysphagia, such as videofluoroscopy and endoscopy, were tools key in developing our knowledge of the swallowing mechanism. Nonetheless, many researchers and clinicians interested in the area ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 1999
Dysphagia in Brazil
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  • Sönke Stanschus is perhaps one of the gentlest people who I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He is extremely perceptive and, despite his assertions to the contrary, very knowledgeable and well read on the topic of dysphagia, it’s diagnosis and management. He is also perhaps the best guide to the historical sights and locations surrounding his beloved Schawtzwald (the Black Forest). He works as a speech-language pathologist at the Hospital of Langensteinbach in Karlsbad Germany while working on his doctorate. One of the many nice things that Maggie Lee Huckabee has done for me is to introduce me to Sönke.
    Sönke Stanschus is perhaps one of the gentlest people who I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He is extremely perceptive and, despite his assertions to the contrary, very knowledgeable and well read on the topic of dysphagia, it’s diagnosis and management. He is also perhaps the best guide to the historical sights and locations surrounding his beloved Schawtzwald (the Black Forest). He works as a speech-language pathologist at the Hospital of Langensteinbach in Karlsbad Germany while working on his doctorate. One of the many nice things that Maggie Lee Huckabee has done for me is to introduce me to Sönke.×
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Article   |   October 01, 1999
Dysphagia in Brazil
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 1999, Vol. 8, 5-7. doi:10.1044/sasd8.3.5
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 1999, Vol. 8, 5-7. doi:10.1044/sasd8.3.5
Dysphagia and deglutition are complex topics that have been receiving increased attention in the last ten years in Brazil. Undoubtedly, direct evaluation of dysphagia, such as videofluoroscopy and endoscopy, were tools key in developing our knowledge of the swallowing mechanism. Nonetheless, many researchers and clinicians interested in the area have played an important role in the development of dysphagia management as a science in Brazil. This article will try to provide a brief overview of some of the publications and clinical observations that made the field of dysphagia grow tremendously among us.
An important pioneer work was presented by Altmann and Ledermann (1990)  utilizing video-fluoroscopy to analyze velo-pharyngeal closure. In that study, the authors also mentioned the importance of such technique in the analyzes and visualization of the swallowing function. It was noted by the authors that there was a lack of publication about that test in Brazil. The authors also mention previous works by Lefevre, Sauvegraijn, and Fortier-Beaulieu (1962)  studying pediatric digestive problems named the exam “radiotelevision”; and later Skolnick (1970)  studied the velopharyngeal closure with videofluoroscopy.
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