Anterior cervical osteophytes as a cause of pharyngeal stage dysphagia

Lisa J. Granville, Nan Musson, Roy Altman, Michael Silverman

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe the association of anterior cervical osteophytes impairing epiglottic movement as an etiology of pharyngeal stage dysphagia. DESIGN: A retrospective chart review. SETTING: An academic affiliated Veterans Affairs Medical Center. PATIENTS: Veterans 60 years of age or older referred to speech pathology for dysphagia evaluation. RESULTS: Of 376 veterans evaluated consecutively since 1990, 40 patients had dysphagia determined to be secondary to cervical bony protuberances. The evaluation and management of three cases with functional consequences at level C3-5 with no dysphagia etiology present are described. CONCLUSION: Cervical osteophytes need to be considered in the differential diagnosis of dysphagia in older people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1003-1007
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume46
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1998

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  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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