Movement disorder emergencies of the upper aerodigestive tract

Lesley Childs, Scott Rickert, Boris Bentsianov, Ajay Chitkara, Anthony Cultrara, Andrew Blitzer

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Movement disorder emergencies of the aerodigestive tract are dramatic and often life threatening. With appropriate, timely evaluation and intervention, most patients can be effectively managed and major morbidity avoided. This chapter provides a comprehensive review of both the causes and appropriate treatment of breathing disturbances secondary to primary disorders and iatrogenic causes, as well as swallowing emergencies. Additionally, basic physiology, anatomy, and various methods for assessment of the upper aerodigestive tract are provided for review. Specific disorders that are addressed include: spasmodic dysphonia, adductor laryngeal breathing dystonia, Shy-Drager abductor weakness, drug-induced tardive dystonia, oromandibulolingual dystonia, multiple system atrophy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and palatal myoclonus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMovement Disorder Emergencies
Subtitle of host publicationDiagnosis and Treatment: Second Edition
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781607618355
ISBN (Print)9781607618348
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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