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Dysphagia

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 57–68 | Cite as

Epiglottic Dysfunction: Abnormal Epiglottic Movement Patterns

  • Bernard R. Garon
  • Zhen  Huang
  • Steven  Hommeyer
  • David  Eckmann
  • Greg A. Stern
  • Charles  Ormiston
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Abstract

Epiglottic movement patterns of 500 consecutive patients with varying etiologies were recorded during routine videofluoroscopic swallow evaluations. Seven distinct, commonly repeated, abnormal epiglottic patterns were identified. A multifactorial analysis of these seven abnormal epiglottic movement patterns was completed. Findings indicate that each of these seven distinct movement patterns have varying rates and amounts of aspiration. A description of each epiglottic movement pattern is given in conjunction with information regarding aspiration and other variables associated with the swallow process. A universal nomenclature is offered regarding these subtle abnormal epiglottic movement patterns to increase a verbal commonality in our descriptions of epiglottic function as it affects aspiration.

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard R. Garon
    • 1
  • Zhen  Huang
    • 2
  • Steven  Hommeyer
    • 3
  • David  Eckmann
    • 3
  • Greg A. Stern
    • 2
  • Charles  Ormiston
    • 1
  1. 1.Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital*, St. Paul, MinnesotaUS
  2. 2.Research and Education*, St. Paul, MinnesotaUS
  3. 3.St. Joseph's Hospital*, St. Paul, MinnesotaUS

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