Office-Based Evaluation and Management of Dysphagia in Otolaryngology

Anaïs Rameau, Gregory Postma, Peter Belafsky

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Purpose of Review: The purpose of this review is to summarize otolaryngology office-based evaluation and management of dysphagia. This review seeks to describe in detail state-of-the-art practice in advanced deglutology practice. Recent Findings: Much of dysphagia evaluation and management can currently be practiced in the otolaryngology office, from swallowing function assessment with endoscopic and fluoroscopic techniques, to dysphagia interventions such as dilation of the pharyngoesophageal segment under local anesthesia. Summary: Advanced dysphagia evaluation and management can be performed in the outpatient otolaryngology clinic. However, given the specialized nature of these diagnostic and procedural interventions, laryngology fellowship training with a focus on deglutology and collaboration with a dysphagia speech pathologist will likely become a pre-requisite for the otolaryngologist to run a comprehensive dysphagia clinic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Otorhinolaryngology Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2023


  • Deglutology
  • Dysphagia
  • Swallowing disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Clinical Neurology


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