Editor's Corner The authors of the articles in this December 2008 issue of Perspectives provide current reviews and updates regarding factors related to neuroscience, physiology, and pharmacology in the treatment of dysphagia. We are fortunate to have such insights compiled in a single issue of this publication as these factors are ... Editorial
Editorial  |   December 01, 2008
Editor's Corner
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  • Teresa C. Brobeck
    Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern New Mexico, Las Cruces, NM
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Editorial
Editorial   |   December 01, 2008
Editor's Corner
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2008, Vol. 17, 120. doi:10.1044/sasd17.4.120
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), December 2008, Vol. 17, 120. doi:10.1044/sasd17.4.120
The authors of the articles in this December 2008 issue of Perspectives provide current reviews and updates regarding factors related to neuroscience, physiology, and pharmacology in the treatment of dysphagia. We are fortunate to have such insights compiled in a single issue of this publication as these factors are clearly complex! I anticipate that the reference lists the authors have provided will also be good resources for the reader.
In this issue, Miller discusses the possible rehabilitation strategies for improving the pharyngeal swallow that incorporate underlying sensory and motor systems or take advantage of plasticity in neural mechanisms. Mills and Ashford describe a specific health status model for dysphagia and discuss the role lab values may play in dysphagia management and examining for pneumonia risk. Dikeman, Kazandjian, and Lerner discuss various factors that can affect the ability of a patient with dysphagia to be weaned from mechanical ventilation. Carl and Johnson discuss medications that can negatively affect swallowing function due to alterations in motor function, lubrication, gastrointestinal motility, taste, and smell. In her “Food for Thought” article, Daniels provides excellent questions for the reader to consider and discusses benefits of incorporating neurologic, anatomic, and physiologic principles into clinical practice.
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