Impact of Impaired Anatomy and Physiology on Treatment of Dysphagia in Adults
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In this course, presenter Nancy B. Swigert examines the impacts of impaired anatomy and physiology on swallowing safety and efficiency in adults. The course is designed to aid clinicians in managing the evaluation and treatment of adults with oropharyngeal dysphagia. The speaker discusses the functions of specific structures, spaces, and muscles related to swallowing as well as the relationship between esophageal and oropharyngeal signs and symptoms.
The course features clearly labeled animations and videos of instrumental studies – e.g., videofluoroscopic swallowing studies (VFSS) and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing (FEES) – at different speeds to guide clinicians’ ability to interpret the imagery. The course also includes interactive “quizzes” throughout, which provide feedback on application of concepts.
You will be able to:
describe the impact of impaired anatomy and physiology of the oral, and pharyngeal structures on the safety and efficiency of swallowing in adults
- name major structures, spaces, and muscles and state their function in oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal swallowing
- discuss how abnormal anatomy and/or physiology relates to treatment goals
This course is part of the Fundamentals of Dysphagia learning path.
What is a learning path? A learning path is a curated set of courses on an essential topic, designed for you to take in order—or in whatever order you wish—as you have time in your schedule. Our learning paths identify sets of key courses so you can get on your way to mastering particular areas of practice according to your needs, priorities, and interests.
This learning path is designed for clinicians who are new to the area of swallowing disorders—as well as experienced clinicians who want a refresher. Taken together, these courses provide a comprehensive overview of dysphagia assessment and treatment.