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- Subject: [Dysphagia] Examination
- From: eripley at yahoo.com (Irene Campbell-Taylor)
- Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 18:54:13 -0700 (PDT)
Over the years, among the hundreds of reports I have read, there are only a handful that include description of a detailed examination of the oral cavity. This type of examination would appear to be mandatory in any management of oropharyngeal dysphagia, yet, in my experience at least, is rare.
I recommend the following - the last section on the mouth in particular- as essential, especially since physicians don't seem to do it. Recent medical graduates have not been taught to use their eyes, noses, ears, and hands clinically. This is a tragic omission and I hope that some of you will make up for it:
?The trouble with doctors is not that they don't know enough, but that they don't see enough."
-Sir Dominic John Corrigan (1802-1880)
Examining the Ears, Nose, and Oral Cavity in the Older Patient
Dr I Campbell-Taylor