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Hypopharyngeal strictures and webs

August 21, 2016  |  Mark A. Fritz, MD; Gregory N. Postma, MD

These thin, web-like narrowings can often be missed or underappreciated on contrast swallows yet can be markedly symptomatic.

Novel injection technique into the interarytenoid area to treat dysphagia

February 24, 2016  |  Meghan Brooking, DO; Amanda Hu, MD, FRCSC; Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Augmentation of the interarytenoid space is a simple and innovative alternative to the traditional paraglottic space injection.

Swallowing frequency: Impact of accumulated oropharyngeal secretion levels and gustatory stimulation

February 24, 2016  |  Susan L. Brady, MS, CCC-SLP, BRS-S; Michele W. Wesling, MA, CCC-SLP; Joseph J. Donzelli, MD; Scott Kaszuba, MD


We conducted a prospective, descriptive study of 27 individuals with known or suspected dysphagia to investigate the relationship between swallowing frequency, accumulated oropharyngeal secretion levels, and gustatory stimulation. Assessment of the secretion level was...

Giant Zenker diverticulum

August 27, 2015  |  Vini Balakrishnan, MS; Jason Handwerker, MD; Sunil P. Verma, MD

Open procedures are typically preserved for larger sacs and cases in which transoral access is limited.

Surgical resection of cervical schwannoma and paraganglioma: Speech and swallowing outcomes

August 27, 2015  |  Noah P. Parker, MD; Noel Jabbour, MD; Amy Anne Lassig, MD; Bevan Yueh, MD, MPH; Samir S. Khariwala, MD


We conducted a retrospective study (1999 to 2009) at our tertiary care institution to evaluate speech and swallowing outcomes after the resection of cervical schwannoma or paraganglioma. Of 6 patients treated for schwannoma, 5 (83.3%) had immediate dysphonia and dysphagia. All...

Upper aerodigestive amyloidosis

July 21, 2015  |  Jaime Eaglin Moore, MD; Amanda Hu, MD; Al Hillel, MD

As the patient was asymptomatic, close observation and only laser excision were recommended if the patient's condition progressed.

Bilateral Eagle syndrome causing dysphagia

February 2, 2015  |  Lyndsay L. Madden, DO; Roxann Diez Gross, PhD; Libby J. Smith, DO

Patients with Eagle syndrome often report symptoms that include dysphagia, otalgia, throat pain, globus sensation, facial pain, headache, taste disturbances, and dental pain that worsen with chewing, head and tongue movements, and swallowing.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis presenting as bilateral abductor paralysis

December 19, 2014  |  Michelle Levian, DO; Reena Gupta, MD, FACS

Occasionally, patients who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis initially present with vocal and respiratory signs and symptoms.

Plummer-Vinson syndrome following gastric bypass surgery

September 18, 2014  |  Andrew Sapthavee, MD; Matthew L. Kircher, MD; Lee M. Akst, MD


Plummer-Vinson syndrome (PVS) is the combination of dysphagia, angular cheilitis, atrophic glossitis, and esophageal webbing in the setting of iron deficiency anemia. Although it is relatively uncommon, this condition is important to recognize because it is a source of...

Actinomycosis of the pharynx

September 18, 2014  |  Anna M. Lipowska, MD; Michael M. Johns III, MD


Few cases of pharyngeal actinomycosis have been documented in the literature. We describe the case of a 67-year-old white man who presented with symptoms of dysphagia. Laryngoscopy revealed a pedunculated mass in the left posterior pharyngeal wall; an excisional biopsy...

Neopharyngeal diverticulum

August 28, 2014  |  Rebecca J. Howell, MD; Gregory N. Postma, MD

Endoscopic examination showed no distal stricture or cricopharyngeus muscle.

Madelung disease: Multiple symmetric lipomatosis

March 19, 2014  |  Enrique Palacios, MD, FACR; Harold R. Neitzschman, MD, FACR; Jeremy Nguyen, MD

Patients with multiple symmetric lipomatosis commonly also suffer from various neuropathies, especially paresthesias and autonomic neuropathy.


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