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April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
CONNECTIONS CORNER is an OSLHA initiative to link and engage licensed professionals to important topics, trending ideas, and open discussions that will appeal to all who attend. The April session will cover rare disorders in dysphagia.
The event is Free for OSLHA members and nonmembers but Registration is required and will be available on the OSLHA Professional and Student Resources webpages at:
Explore Rare Disorders and their impact on Swallow Function. The general field of Rare Diseases is particularly challenging because of the delays in reaching a diagnosis as well as the many trials and errors before effective treatment can be reached. To date there are approximately 7,000 rare diseases. Most of these are derived from a genetic basis thus affecting the individual from birth or early childhood. Furthermore, many of these diseases affect multiple systems creating devastating effects on patient and family alike. For example, many of these rare diseases impact the patient’s motor, cognitive and respiratory skills. Frequently, patients are unable to swallow safely. This may lead to aspiration pneumonia and even death. The slow turn around rate in precisely identifying and treating these diseases can have a significant impact on mortality. This presentation will focus on a rare disease, Plummer-Vinson syndrome (PVS). One of the main characteristics of PVS is the significant dysphagia that occurs due to the presence of esophageal webs. PVS is discussed in terms of its history, etiology, epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and the significant impact on swallowing that results.