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CHANGES IN PHARYNGEAL PHASE OF SWALLOWING IN PATIENTS TREATED FOR HEAD AND NECK CANCER

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“CHANGES IN PHARYNGEAL PHASE OF SWALLOWING IN PATIENTS TREATED FOR HEAD AND NECK CANCER”

Elma H. M. Azevedo; Renata L. V. Guedes; Irene de P. Netto; Camila B. Barcelos; Simone A. C. da Silva-Lopes; Taís Spineli; Patrícia M. Milanello;

João Gonçalves Filho; Elisabete Carrara-de Angelis.

 

Dysphagia is a recent area of knowledge and the swallowing physiology is still  the focus of many controversies. Understanding of “normal” swallowing before knowing what is “abnormal” have been the target for many researchers and clinicians. On head and neck cancer patients, swallowing is deficient and normally the presence of stasis and aspiration is common.  Characterization of pharyngeal phase of swallowing on these patients is still a challenge.

The aim of this study was to characterize the onset and the transit timing of pharyngeal phase, the presence, location and degree of stasis and the presence, moment, degree and level of penetration and aspiration on patients treated for head and neck cancer. 

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