J Korean Dysphagia Soc.  2017 Jul;7(2):59-64. 10.0000/jkdps.2017.7.2.59.

Compensatory Technique Using Therapeutic Band for Dysphagia

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  • 1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Kwangju Christian Hospital, Gwangju, Korea. starhoon3@hanmail.net

Abstract

A 63-year-old man visited outpatient clinic complaining of dysphagia due to left jugular foramen meningioma. The patient underwent conventional dysphagia rehabilitation programs but functional improvement was not enough. A videofluoroscopic swallowing study (VFSS) revealed decreased laryngeal elevation and a lot of residue in pyriform sinus and vallecula. We noticed that enhancing laryngeal elevation like mendelshon maneuver promotes functional compensation, so we developed a therapeutic band for promoting laryngeal elevation. In follow-up VFSS, swallowing function was improved on the band. Persistent dysphagia due to decreased laryngeal elevation is very common and this case showed the possibility of improvement of symptom using therapeutic band we devleoped with conventional dysphagia rehabilitation programs.

Keyword

Deglutition Disorders; Rehabilitation; Mendelsohn Maneuver
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