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Manual control of the upper esophageal sphincter (UES) is possible with a simple implant placed on the cricoid cartilage. The swallow expansion device (SED) has been shown to increase UES opening to greater than normal proportions (Laryngoscope 2010 Apr;Suppl 1:S1-S16.). […]

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Dysphagia can be caused by innumerable disease processes. It has a significant impact on quality of life, life expectancy, and the utilization of health care resources. The most common causes of dysphagia have not been previously clarified. UC Davis CVS […]

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UC Davis CVS clinicians have embarked on an aggressive campaign to utilize regenerative medicine techniques to rehabilitate swallowing in patients with profound dysfunction. Recently published work from our center has shown that injected autologous muscle stem cells improve tongue strength […]

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Drs. Kuhn and Belafsky have completed research that suggests that volitional control of the UES is possible with biofeedback. Patients with a high resolution manometry catheter in their pharynx who were placed in front of a biofeedback monitor were able […]

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Dysphagia is common and costly. Complications of swallowing dysfunction include dehydration, malnutrition depression, social isolation, pneumonia, pulmonary abscess, and death. For patients with profound disease,treatment options are limited. The UC Davis Center for Voice and Swallowing (CVS) is pushing the […]

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