Dysphagia Management in Head and Neck Cancers

A Manual and Atlas

  • Krishnakumar Thankappan
  • Subramania Iyer
  • Jayakumar R Menon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Anatomy and Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Priyank V. Rathod, Sivakumar Vidhyadharan, Subramania Iyer
      Pages 3-26
    3. Khyati Kamleshkumar Jani, Sivakumar Vidhyadharan, Subramania Iyer
      Pages 27-41
  3. Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Sivakumar Vidhyadharan
      Pages 45-54
    3. Brenda Capobres Villegas
      Pages 55-65
    4. Laishyang (Melody) Ouyoung
      Pages 67-72
    5. Jayakumar R. Menon, Ragitha Binu Krishnan
      Pages 83-88
    6. P. Shanmuga Sundaram, Padma Subramanyam
      Pages 89-100
  4. Management Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Shreya Bhattacharya
      Pages 103-110
    3. Krishnakumar Thankappan, Anju Elsa Varghese, Mydhili Mayadevi
      Pages 111-114
    4. Mydhili Mayadevi, Krishnakumar Thankappan
      Pages 115-128
    5. Anju Elsa Varghese, Krishnakumar Thankappan
      Pages 129-139
    6. Krishnakumar Thankappan, Subramania Iyer
      Pages 141-146
    7. Jayakumar R. Menon, Manju E. Issac, Subramania Iyer, Krishnakumar Thankappan
      Pages 147-159
    8. Adharsh Anand, Anil Mathew, Deepak Balasubramanian
      Pages 161-172
    9. Adharsh Anand, Deepak Balasubramanian
      Pages 173-182
    10. Jayanthy Pavithran
      Pages 183-197
    11. Deepak Balasubramanian
      Pages 211-217
  5. Dysphagia Following Surgery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Samskruthy P. Murthy, Krishnakumar Thankappan, Jayakumar R. Menon
      Pages 221-239
    3. Samskruthi P. Murthy, Krishnakumar Thankappan, Subramania Iyer
      Pages 241-255
    4. Narayana Subramaniam, Anju V. Nikitha, Krishnakumar Thankappan
      Pages 257-275
    5. Narayana Subramaniam, Arya C. Jaya, Jayakumar R. Menon
      Pages 277-286
    6. Shashikant Vishnubhai Limbachiya, Krishnakumar Thankappan, Jayakumar R. Menon
      Pages 287-295
    7. Deepak Balasubramanian
      Pages 297-301
  6. Dysphagia Following Radiotherapy/Chemoradiotherapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Debnarayan Dutta, Krishnakumar Thankappan
      Pages 321-331
    3. Shashikant Vishnubhai Limbachiya, R. Anoop, Krishnakumar Thankappan
      Pages 333-347
    4. R. Anoop
      Pages 349-355
  7. Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 369-369
    2. Krishnakumar Thankappan, Jayakumar R. Menon
      Pages 371-381
    3. Jayakumar R. Menon, Arya R. Raj
      Pages 399-404

About this book


Dysphagia and problems related to swallowing are common following treatment for head and neck cancers. Though there are books available on dysphagia management and associated neurological conditions, this is the only atlas that comprehensively discusses dysphagia related to the head and neck cancers. It comprises of 33 chapters divided into five sections. The initial chapters present the anatomy and physiology of swallowing and the pathophysiology of the dysphagia-related structures. It discusses assessment of dysphagia in detail, highlighting clinical and instrumental evaluations. Swallowing dysfunction related to common sub-site cancers and chemo-radiotherapy related dysphagia are explored individually. The book addresses direct and indirect swallowing therapy methods involving postures and exercises in a detailed yet simple manner to enable them to be incorporated in routine practice. It also covers topics like nutritional management, alternative feeding methods and unique problems associated with tracheostomy that have a great bearing on the day-to-day management of patients with dysphagia. The current status of the research and evidence- based management updates are also included. Additionally, where appropriate videos are included for a better understanding of the subject. 

Written and edited by experts in the field, the book is intended for clinicians treating head and neck cancer, head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists, speech and swallowing therapy specialists and trainees in these fields


Anatomy of swallowing Videofluoroscopy Rehabilitative therapy Neuromuscular stimulation in dysphagia Tube Feeding Laryngeal surgery Preventive strategies related to radiotherapy Research in dysphagia

Editors and affiliations

  • Krishnakumar Thankappan
    • 1
  • Subramania Iyer
    • 2
  • Jayakumar R Menon
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Head and Neck Surgery and OncologyAmrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita Vishwa VidyapeethamKochiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Head and Neck Surgery and OncologyAmrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita Vishwa VidyapeethamKochiIndia
  3. 3.Department of LaryngologyKerala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thiruvananthapuram and Dysphagia Unit, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Amrita Vishwa VidyapeethamKochiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-8281-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-8282-5
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