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Lunch & Learn IV

Lunch & Learn IV: Concurrent and Sequential Testing Methods for Dysphagia Diagnosis-Downstream Motility Mechanisms in Pharyngo-Esophageal Dysphagia

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 12:15-1:15 p.m.


  • Timothy McCullouch, MD, FACS


  • Timothy McCullouch, MD, FACS
  • Mark Kern, MS, PhD
  • Neelesh Tipnis, MD
  • Ravinder Mittal, MD

Using case studies as examples, when standardized VFSS studies are inconclusive, combination or sequential investigations to clarify motility mechanisms are helpful in understanding the basis of abnormalities. Pathologies are heterogeneous, mechanisms are multi-factorial; successful therapies are dependent on inter-disciplinary expertise.

In this session, experts will explain approaches to clarify dysfunctional motility mechanisms so as to define the abnormal manometry patterns and therapeutic targets. Importance of high resolution pharyngo-esophageal motility examining the pharynx, UES, esophagus and LES functions will be highlighted. The learner will understand the downstream structural and functional pathologies and mechanisms contributing to dysphagia.


After this presentation, attendees will be able to: 

  • Present alternative and advanced methods for analyzing dysphagia using high resolution manometry.
  • Discuss methods to evaluate patients with pharyngo-esophageal dysphagia.
  • Identify candidates for the evaluation of pharyngeo-esophageal dysphagia.
  • Understand the pathophysiology of Dysphagia.
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