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Case Studies in Videofluoroscopic Swallow Evaluations

presented by Debra Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, F-ASHA

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Financial: Debra Suiter receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She also receives royalties from Thieme Medical Publishers and compensation from the University of Kentucky.

Nonfinancial: Debra Suiter has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

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Video Runtime: 43 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 45 Minutes

Treatment planning based on videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS) should be based on multiple factors including, but not limited to, swallowing pathophysiology. These cases will highlight factors that must be considered when planning treatment following VFSS.

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Debra Suiter, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, F-ASHA

Debra Suiter is the director of the Voice and Swallow Clinic and an associate professor in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Suiter has been a speech-language pathologist for 24 years and…

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1. Case 1: Etiology Matters

This chapter presents a case study of a patient whose swallow function did not improve despite treatment from multiple disciplines. This case will highlight the need to fully understand the underlying etiology affecting swallowing physiology when developing treatment plans.

2. Case 2: Physiology Matters

Targeting the correct pathophysiology when developing a treatment plan for individuals with dysphagia is critical. This case will highlight a situation in which treatment focused on symptoms rather than pathophysiology.

3. Case 3: Patient Readiness Matters

Patients who undergo surgical management of head and neck cancer must learn to adapt to a new normal. This case will highlight how patient expectations and clinician expectations often differ, impacting treatment outcomes.

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