What is it about?

Spinal disease is very common with advancing age and can cause difficulty swallowing; but, it is unclear how often spinal disease affects swallowing function. This study evaluates how cervical spinal disease may impact swallowing function in dysphagic individuals observed during modified barium swallow studies.

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Cervical spine disease is very common, even in healthy adults. Our findings suggest that disease of the cervical spine can significantly impact swallowing function in a subset of patients. This is an important consideration in evaluating patients with difficulty swallowing as a potential cause of dysfunction.

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This page is a summary of: The Impact of Cervical Spinal Disease on Pharyngeal Swallowing Function, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, March 2023, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2022_ajslp-22-00257.
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