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Thomas Greuter, Ekaterina Safroneeva, Christian Bussmann, Luc Biedermann, Stephan R Vavricka, David A Katzka, Alain M Schoepfer, Alex Straumann
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Although swallowed topical corticosteroids (STCs) are effective in inducing remission of active eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), there are few data on maintenance of long-term remission. We evaluated the long-term effectiveness of STC therapy for adults with EoE. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study using the Swiss EoE database. We analyzed data on 229 patients with EoE treated with STCs (175 male; mean age at diagnosis, 39±15 years; median time until diagnosis, 6 years) from 2000 through 2014...
June 11, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Luis F Tintinago, William Victoria, Estephania Candelo, Juan Camilo Diaz, Juan Carlos Arce, Luis Miguel Aristizabal, Claudia Sanz, Maria Claudia Montes, Maria A Velez-Esquivia
INTRODUCTION: Bilateral vocal folds' immobility is a challenge in laryngology. Multiple procedures have been proposed to improve breathing by statically enlarging the glottal airway, what also results in loss of voice and aspiration. We proposed a technique to enlarge the posterior glottis by rotating the arytenoids on its axis, imitating the function of the posterior cricoarytenoid muscle, with the objective of evaluating the results regarding decannulation, voice quality, and bronchoaspiration...
June 5, 2018: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Liciane P Valarelli, Anne M B Corradi, Thaís H Grechi, Alan L Eckeli, Davi C Aragon, Daniel S Küpper, Leila A Almeida, Heidi H Sander, Cláudia M de Felício, Luciana V V Trawitzki, Fabiana C P Valera
BACKGROUND: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS) is believed to be associated with craniofacial and neuromuscular changes, although the interplay among these variables still is poorly recognized. OBJECTIVE: to identify hyoid, muscular and swallowing changes associated with OSAS, and to correlate these alterations with OSAS severity. METHODS: Cross-sectional study, in a tertiary referral center. Seventy-two adult individuals participated in this study: 12 controls (without apnea) and 60 patients with apnea (mild, moderate and severe OSAS - 20 individuals in each group)...
June 11, 2018: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
Cassiane Wigner Brochier, Fernando Neves Hugo, Rafaela Soares Rech, Alexandre Baumgarten, Juliana Balbinot Hilgert
OBJECTIVE: The study evaluated the association of the sociodemographic, behavioural variables and the oral conditions with the presence of oropharyngeal dysphagia in long-term care older persons. BACKGROUND: Due to the influence of ageing, swallowing may be altered both in people with natural teeth and in those who have dentures or tooth loss. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study evaluated 115 individuals older than 60 years, living in long-term care institutions of the State of Rio Grande do Sul in 2016...
June 7, 2018: Gerodontology
Satoshi Tomita, Tomoko Oeda, Atsushi Umemura, Masayuki Kohsaka, Kwiyoung Park, Kenji Yamamoto, Hiroshi Sugiyama, Hideyuki Sawada
INTRODUCTION: A number of video-fluoroscopic swallowing study (VFSS) abnormalities have been reported in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). However, the most crucial finding of subsequent aspiration pneumonia has not been validated fully. We conducted a retrospective and case-control study to determine the clinically significant VFSS findings in this population, and to propose a practical scale for predicting aspiration pneumonia in patients with PD. METHODS: We enrolled 184 PD patients who underwent VFSS because of suspected dysphagia...
2018: PloS One
Neerja Bharti, Suryabrata Chattopadhyay, Navneet Singla, Indu Bala, Yatindra K Batra, Jaimanti Bakshi
BACKGROUND: The management of glossopharyngeal neuralgia due to oropharyngeal carcinoma is particularly difficult because of rich innervations of the area, erosive nature of neoplasm and dynamic pain evoked by the functional movements like swallowing and chewing. Few case reports have shown the efficacy of pulsed radiofrequency (PRF) treatment in primary and secondary glossopharyngeal neuralgia in non-cancer patients. However, the efficacy of PRF ablation of the glossopharyngeal nerve in oral cancer patients is not known...
May 2018: Pain Physician
Anne Michel, Eric Vérin, Xavier Gbaguidi, Laurent Druesne, Frédéric Roca, Philippe Chassagne
OBJECTIVES: To define the prevalence of oropharyngeal dysphagia (OD) in community-dwelling older persons with dementia, using V-VST (Volume-Viscosity Swallow Test), the reference clinical screening test for swallowing disorders, to assess the feasibility of the V-VST in an ambulatory care setting, to search for associations between geriatric parameters and OD, and to identify a relationship between severities of cognitive impairment and OD. DESIGN: Prospective, monocentric study...
May 31, 2018: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Ali Seif Amir Hosseini, Alexander Beham, Johannes Uhlig, Ulrike Streit, Annemarie Uhlig, Volker Ellenrieder, Arun A Joseph, Dirk Voit, Jens Frahm, Martin Uecker, Joachim Lotz, Lorenz Biggemann
The purpose of this study was to assess the reproducibility of functional and anatomical parameters of swallowing events as determined by real-time MRI at 40 ms temporal resolution (25 frames per second). Twenty-three consecutive patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) underwent real-time MRI of the gastroesophageal junction at 3.0 T. Real-time MRI was based on highly undersampled radial fast low angle shot (FLASH) acquisitions with iterative image reconstruction by regularized nonlinear inversion (NLINV)...
July 2018: European Journal of Radiology
Paul Hobbs, C Prakash Gyawali
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Ambulatory reflux monitoring is typically performed when esophageal symptoms do not respond to usual antireflux medications, or prior to invasive antireflux therapy. Although pH-based metrics have been the standard in defining esophageal reflux burden, novel impedance parameters have been introduced in recent years that can either be extracted from pH-impedance monitoring or obtained directly from esophageal mucosa. This review evaluates the clinical role of esophageal pH-impedance monitoring in clinical practice in the present day...
July 2018: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
Sun Im, Sonja Suntrup-Krueger, Sigrid Colbow, Sonja Sauer, Inga Claus, Sven G Meuth, Rainer Dziewas, Tobias Warnecke
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Diagnosis of pharyngeal dysphagia caused by myasthenia gravis (MG) based on clinical examination alone is often challenging. Flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) combined with Tensilon (edrophonium) application, referred to as the FEES-Tensilon Test, was developed to improve diagnostic accuracy and to detect the main symptoms of pharyngeal dysphagia in MG. Here we investigated inter- and intra-rater reliability of the FEES-Tensilon Test and analyzed the main endoscopic findings...
May 26, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
S F Xiao, X Zhao, J B Zhang, H Shen, E M Zhao
Objective: To evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of coblation assisted transoral surgery for the treatment of oral and oropharyngeal malignancy. Method: 19 patients who suffered from oral or oropharyngeal malignant tumors underwent coblation assisted transoral surgery from August 2008 to August 2017 were studied. According to the tumor sites and pathological results, there were four oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) (two tongue carcinoma and two mouth floor carcinoma), eleven oropharygneal SCC (five tonsillar carcinoma, four soft palate carcinoma, one tongue base cartinama and one multiple carcinoma invading both soft palatine and hypopharynx), and four lymphatic and hematopoietic malignancies (three tonsillar tumors and one tumor invading both tonsil and tongue base)...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
Kazuhiro Taniguchi, Hisashi Kondo, Toshiya Tanaka, Atsushi Nishikawa
Gastric cancer patients having undergone gastrectomy are at a high risk of becoming malnourished owing to decreased gastric function. To prevent malnutrition, patients need to thoroughly chew a mouthful of food at least 30 times. For these gastrectomy patients requiring dietary support, we developed a chewing-count measurement device named earable RCC using an earphone-type sensor. Experiments to evaluate the performance of this device were conducted on six healthy volunteers who participated in "gum-chewing tests" and "almond-eating tests...
2018: Journal of Healthcare Engineering
Athanasia Printza, Maria Kalaitzi, Christos Bakirtzis, Ioannis Nikolaidis, Hariklia Proios, Nikolaos Grigoriadis
BACKGROUND: Recent research confirmed that at least a third of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are suffering from swallowing difficulties. Dysphagia is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and has profound impact on physical ability and quality of life. Dysphagia related complications can be prevented through an effective screening protocol. The Dysphagia in Multiple Sclerosis (DYMUS) questionnaire is the first dysphagia questionnaire developed specifically for patients with MS...
May 10, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Athanasia Printza, Athanasios Kyrgidis, Elena Pavlidou, Stefanos Triaridis, Jannis Constantinidis
PURPOSE: Dysphagia is a symptom associated with significant morbidity and mortality, with profound impact on physical ability and quality of life. Many questionnaires have been used to assess patient-reported dysphagia, but issues related to developmental and measurement properties affect their wide applicability. The purpose of this study was to assess the validity and reliability of the Eating Assessment Tool-10 (EAT-10, Greek adaptation) in neurogenic and head and neck cancer-related dysphagia...
May 17, 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Felipe Motta, Adriana Pasmanik Eisencraft, Lindiane Gomes Crisostomo
The height response to the use of growth hormone in short height cases has already been confirmed in the literature. The influence of the insulin-like growth factor 1 (GH-IGF1) axis components on development, function, regeneration, neuroprotection, cognition, and motor functions has been evaluated in experimental studies and in adults with central nervous system lesions. However, there is still little research on the clinical impact of hormone replacement on neurological and psychomotor development. This report presents the case of a patient with excellent weight-height recovery and, even more surprisingly, neurological and psychomotor development in response to use of growth hormone...
May 14, 2018: Einstein
Alexander P Hughes, Stephan N Salzmann, Okezie K Aguwa, Courtney Ortiz Miller, Roland Duculan, Jennifer Shue, Frank P Cammisa, Andrew A Sama, Federico P Girardi, Ashutosh Kacker, Carol A Mancuso
BACKGROUND: Dysphagia and dysphonia are common complications after anterior cervical spine surgery; however, reported prevalences vary greatly due to a lack of reliable clinical standards for measuring postoperative swallowing and speech dysfunction. The Hospital for Special Surgery Dysphagia and Dysphonia Inventory (HSS-DDI) was developed as a patient-derived, patient-reported instrument to measure dysphagia and dysphonia more accurately after anterior cervical spine surgery than existing indices...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Martin Checklin, Tania Pizzari
Tongue function assessment typically forms part of a clinical bedside swallowing evaluation (CBSE). The predictive value of lingual function for calculating aspiration risk in isolation is not known. The aim of this systematic review was to collate current evidence on the utility of assessing lingual deficits for predicting aspiration. Health databases Medline, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, SpeechBITE, AMED and Embase were searched from inception to November 2016. Studies were included if there was a comparison between a clinical lingual assessment (index test) and aspiration on instrumental assessments (reference test) in adults who had been diagnosed with oropharyngeal dysphagia...
May 14, 2018: Dysphagia
G Cosentino, R Gargano, G Bonura, S Realmuto, E Tocco, P Ragonese, M Gangitano, E Alfonsi, B Fierro, F Brighina, G Salemi
Swallowing difficulties are a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). The early detection and treatment of dysphagia is critical to prevent complications, including poor nutrition, dehydration, and lung infections. Recently, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been proven to be effective in ameliorating swallowing problems in stroke patients. In this pilot study, we aimed to assess safety and efficacy of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in the treatment of dysphagia in MS patients...
May 13, 2018: Neurological Sciences
Nobuyuki Arai, Kozo Hanayama, Takaharu Yamazaki, Tetsuya Tomita, Akio Tsubahara, Kazuomi Sugamoto
OBJECTIVE: Dynamic videofluoroscopic swallow study (VFSS) is used to investigate swallowing movements. However, it requires prolonged radiation exposure and mainly provides qualitative information. Herein, we present a multi-dimensional method for analyzing swallowing based on a pulsed, low-dose fluoroscopy technique that uses serial-shot images and evaluates the size, position, and temporal profile of the bolus to obtain a more comprehensive and realistic analysis of swallowing movements...
May 9, 2018: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
C Zhang, J Q Jiang
Laryngeal diseases are closely related to the swallowing and speech function of the patients.Protecting and restoring laryngeal function, while curing lesions, is vital to patients' quality of life.Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a minimally invasive method which is widely used in the treatment of tumor, precancerous lesions, and inflammatory diseases.In recent years, it has been shown to have a protective effect on normal structures. This article reviews the clinical outcomes of laryngeal diseases treated with PDT since 1990 in order to evaluate its efficacy and significance...
April 7, 2018: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
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