Michael K Ditkoff

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OBJECTIVE The study goal was to evaluate the association among laryngopharyngeal sensory deficits, pharyngeal motor function, and the prevalence of aspiration with thin liquids. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING We conducted a prospective study of 204 consecutive patients undergoing flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing with sensory testing and an(More)
OBJECTIVE This study evaluates whether patients with severe sensory deficits in the hypopharynx are at increased risk for aspiration and determines the relationship between pharyngeal muscular weakness and hypopharyngeal sensory deficits. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING Forty patients with dysphagia who underwent flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing with(More)
OBJECTIVE This study evaluates the risk of aspiration of pureed foods in patients with dysphagia with increasing sensory deficits of the hypopharynx with intact versus impaired pharyngeal muscular tone (pharyngeal squeeze). STUDY DESIGN Two hundred four dysphagic patients underwent flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing with sensory testing and were(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the safety of flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing with sensory testing in a private otolaryngology office setting. STUDY DESIGN Five parameters were prospectively evaluated. These included airway compromise, epistaxis, change in heart rate, level of discomfort, and patient's willingness to repeat the examination in the future.(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES To assess the potential use of diode laser soldering to improve mechanical stability of middle ear reconstruction. The diode laser with a biological solder may offer benefits over traditional methods. We evaluated the strength of soldered bonds and a means to apply such a technique in the human middle ear. STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS(More)
We report the results of our study of 25 children who underwent adenoidectomy under general anesthesia with a laryngeal mask airway to determine their risk of fire in the oropharynx. We explain the distinct advantage that such an anesthetic technique has with respect to minimizing the conditions that may contribute to an airway fire. We also discuss(More)
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