Articles tagged with "Dysphagia"

PEG Dependence May Inhibit Swallowing Post-Irradiation

Does percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) use cause dysphagia in head and neck cancer patients? Background: PEG use is common in patients who undergo radiotherapy for head and neck cancer to maintain weight and nutrition during treatment. However, the true effect of PEG use on weight maintenance and its potential impact on long-term dysphagia outcomes have […]

Decade-Long Progressive Dysphagia with Intermittent Regurgitation

A 78-year-old woman presented with a 10-year history of progressive dysphagia for solid foods and pills, with intermittent regurgitation of pills but not food. No aspiration or weight loss was reported. Her past medical history was significant for breast cancer, hypothyroidism and arthritis. No head and neck masses were appreciated. A modified barium swallow was obtained.

Dysphagia May Lengthen Hospital Stay

Does the presence of dysphagia in hospitalized patients result in prolonged hospital stay and increased morbidity? Background: Dysphagia is a symptom that may be an indication of swallowing dysfunction. Swallowing dysfunction can result in aspiration, dehydration, malnutrition, pneumonia, pulmonary abscess and death. The implication of swallowing dysfunction on a patient’s hospital stay is uncertain. The authors […]