Considerations in Dysphagia Management Following Esophagectomy Esophageal cancer is the sixth leading cause of death from cancer worldwide. Esophageal resection is the mainstay treatment for cancers of the esophagus. While curative, surgical resection may result in swallowing difficulties that require intervention from speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Minimally invasive surgical procedures for esophageal resection have aimed to reduce ... Article
Article  |   November 30, 2016
Considerations in Dysphagia Management Following Esophagectomy
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lisa M. Evangelista
    University of California, Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
  • James L. Coyle
    Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Part 4
Article   |   November 30, 2016
Considerations in Dysphagia Management Following Esophagectomy
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2016, Vol. 1, 169-176. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.169
History: Received October 31, 2016 , Revised November 28, 2016 , Accepted November 30, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, November 2016, Vol. 1, 169-176. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.169
History: Received October 31, 2016; Revised November 28, 2016; Accepted November 30, 2016

Esophageal cancer is the sixth leading cause of death from cancer worldwide. Esophageal resection is the mainstay treatment for cancers of the esophagus. While curative, surgical resection may result in swallowing difficulties that require intervention from speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Minimally invasive surgical procedures for esophageal resection have aimed to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with more invasive techniques. Both intra-operative and post-operative complications, regardless of the surgical approach, can result in dysphagia. This article will review the epidemiological impact of esophageal cancers, operative complications resulting in dysphagia, and clinical assessment and management of dysphagia pertinent to esophageal resection.

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