J Korean Dysphagia Soc.  2018 Jul;8(2):82-86. 10.0000/jkdps.2018.8.2.82.

Medical Management for Radiation-induced Dysphagia

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  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea. hgseo80@gmail.com

Abstract

Dysphagia after radiotherapy for head and neck cancer is a common problem that affects the nutritional status and quality of life of patients. In particular, although radiation-induced dysphagia associated with late fibroatrophy is often progressive and intractable, there have been only few studies on the therapeutic options, and preventive efforts are not performed well in clinics. This review summarizes the management of radiation-induced dysphagia and suggests possible medical treatments based on the current evidence and reported pathophysiologic mechanisms.

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Radiation; Fibrosis; Deglutition disorders; Disease management
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