Judith I Kulpa

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The cricopharyngeal muscle (CPM) is essential for normal deglutition. Pharyngeal dysphagia commonly results from impaired or uncoordinated CPM dilation. Dysfunction of the CPM has also been implicated in the genesis of Zenker's (pharyngoesophageal) diverticulum. Despite the CPM's significance, little is understood about its morphology. We studied CPM biopsy(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS Although the cricopharyngeus muscle is a ring-like structure, unilateral cricopharyngeal dysfunction can produce significant dysphagia. This entity has not been well described in the literature. The aims of the study were to identify the characteristic findings on videofluoroscopic swallow studies in patients with dysphagia secondary(More)
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