Expert Briefings: Swallowing and Dental Challenges

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Michelle R. Ciucci, Jane Busch, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Department of Surgery-Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW)


  • Review the complex pathology of Parkinson disease and how this relates to deficits in swallowing.
  • Define the onset, progression, and nature of swallowing deficits associated with Parkinson disease.
  • Discuss surgical, pharmacological, and behavioral treatments for PD and their effects on swallowing function.
  • Provide examples of common evaluation techniques and treatments used for dysphagia (swallowing disorder) associated with Parkinson disease. 

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For more insights on this topic, listen to our podcast episode “Importance of Early Detection of Swallowing Disturbances.”


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