Rehabilitation of swallowing disorders.

R. A. Dobie

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Optimal rehabilitation of dysphagia requires an understanding of normal and diseased physiology, a systematic functional evaluation of the patient's disability and a wide repertoire of rehabilitative techniques. Nonsurgical techniques should be used first, especially when the possibility of spontaneous improvement exists. Cricopharyngeal myotomy is effective in a patient with obstruction at the cricopharyngeal level and good airway protection. When oral feeding is not possible, esophagostomy is usually the preferred bypass procedure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-95
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican family physician
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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