This course explores the complex relationship between the pharynx and lower esophageal regions. The participant will be introduced to esophageal disorders that may impact the evaluation procedures for disorders of the upper esophageal sphincter (UES). The participant will also develop the skills to differentiate between esophageal disorders that can affect the UES, and apply their knowledge in an interactive case activity. This is the second course in a four course series by Dr. Groher. Please make sure to watch:
Disorders of the Esophagus for the Speech-Language Pathologist
GERD and the UES
Treatment Approaches to Upper Esophageal Sphincter Disorders
Michael Groher is a professor of the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. Dr. Groher has spent most of his career working as a medical speech pathologist in acute and long-term care settings. The majority of hospital work was done for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Seattle/Tacoma, New York, and Tampa. He is best known for his pioneering work with patients who have swallowing disorders. The majority of his work is summarized in three texts: Dysphagia: Diagnosis and Management (Three editions), Introduction to Adult Swallowing Disorders, and Clinical Management of Dysphagia in Adults and Children, second edition in press. Dr. Groher is an ASHA Fellow, and a past founding associate editor for the journal Dysphagia. He is an honorary member of the Japanese Society of Dysphagia Rehabilitation.
In this chapter, the participant will learn the basics of esophageal-based disorders. Dr. Groher frames the basics of esophageal-based disorders in terms of how they might affect the participant’s evaluation procedures of disorders of the upper esophageal sphincter.
Dr. Groher will instruct the participant to differentiate between disorders above, within, and below the upper esophageal sphincter that may be causative underlying symptoms of dysphagia.
Dr. Groher presents the case study of a 49-year-old female who complains of difficulty swallowing solid foods over the last three months. Test your knowledge gained from the course as you work your way through this interactive learning activity. Remember to download the worksheet and pause the video to record your answers.
Dr. Groher discusses pharyngo-esophageal relationships with speech-language pathologist Dr. Robert M. Miller.