The role of speech and language therapy in assessing and managing pharyngo-esophageal diverticula

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/597136
Title:
The role of speech and language therapy in assessing and managing pharyngo-esophageal diverticula
Authors:
Holmes, E; Kenny, C; Samuel, M; Regan, J; O’Rourke, J; McCoubrey, C
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal
Issue Date:
Dec-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/597136
Abstract:
This study explores the contribution of Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) to the assessment and management of patients presenting on videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS) with a suspected pharyngo-oesophageal diverticulum. Records for all patients who attended for VFSS in an acute hospital over an eleven-year period were examined (N=1820). Twenty patients were identified on VFSS as having a suspected diverticulum. Symptoms suggestive of a diverticulum were found during both bedside clinical examination and radiographic examination e.g. respiratory difficulties (n=15; 75%), voice changes (n=14; 70%). VFSS confirmed a reduced risk of aspiration for 14 patients (70%) using a combination of fluid modification (n=9; 45%), food modification (n=13; 65%) and swallow strategies (n=14; 70%). VFSS confirmed aspiration directly related to the diverticulum in 11 patients (55%). Findings indicate that SLTs have the opportunity to identify potential diverticula and implement behavioural management to reduce associated health risks. This is of particular importance to patients who are awaiting, or cannot undergo, surgical repair of their diverticulum.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHolmes, Een
dc.contributor.authorKenny, Cen
dc.contributor.authorSamuel, Men
dc.contributor.authorRegan, Jen
dc.contributor.authorO’Rourke, Jen
dc.contributor.authorMcCoubrey, Cen
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-24T14:41:54Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-24T14:41:54Zen
dc.date.issued2015-12en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/597136en
dc.description.abstractThis study explores the contribution of Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) to the assessment and management of patients presenting on videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS) with a suspected pharyngo-oesophageal diverticulum. Records for all patients who attended for VFSS in an acute hospital over an eleven-year period were examined (N=1820). Twenty patients were identified on VFSS as having a suspected diverticulum. Symptoms suggestive of a diverticulum were found during both bedside clinical examination and radiographic examination e.g. respiratory difficulties (n=15; 75%), voice changes (n=14; 70%). VFSS confirmed a reduced risk of aspiration for 14 patients (70%) using a combination of fluid modification (n=9; 45%), food modification (n=13; 65%) and swallow strategies (n=14; 70%). VFSS confirmed aspiration directly related to the diverticulum in 11 patients (55%). Findings indicate that SLTs have the opportunity to identify potential diverticula and implement behavioural management to reduce associated health risks. This is of particular importance to patients who are awaiting, or cannot undergo, surgical repair of their diverticulum.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.subjectSPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPYen
dc.titleThe role of speech and language therapy in assessing and managing pharyngo-esophageal diverticulaen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journalen
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
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