About The Book


Clinical Esophagology and Transnasal Esophagoscopy is a comprehensive book covering the diagnosis and management of esophageal disorders for dysphagia clinicians. Nearly two thirds of people with solid food dysphagia will have an esophageal contribution to their swallowing complaint. One third of those with cervical dysphagia will have an esophageal etiology for their symptom. It is essential that all dysphagia clinicians have an advanced knowledge of the esophageal phase of deglutition.

Some of the most common causes of solid food dysphagia include gastroesophageal reflux disease and reflux esophagitis, esophageal webs and rings, allergic (eosinophilic) esophagitis, and hiatal hernia. This book addresses the educational needs of otolaryngologists and speech-language pathologists and will serve as a valuable resource for clinicians of all educational backgrounds and training levels.

Also included is a PluralPlus companion website that includes a selection of esophagoscopy videos for review of key concepts. Clinical Esophagology and Transnasal Esophagoscopy provides the dysphagia clinician with all they need to know to diagnose and manage esophageal disorders.

About The Author

Peter C. Belafsky, MD, PhD, MPH, is Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and the Director of the Voice and Swallowing Center at the University of California, Davis. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology at the UC Davis School of Medicine and the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants and was the lead investigator on the world’s second laryngeal transplantation. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, holds numerous patents, has edited and authored five books, is the cofounder of two medical device startup companies, and is the past president of the Dysphagia Research Society. Dr. Belafsky’s primary passion is the innovative treatment of profound swallowing disorders. He has created a medical device that can manually control the upper esophageal sphincter, is working on an innovative dilator for upper esophageal sphincter stenosis, is developing a comprehensive swallow propulsion system, and is evaluating the use of muscle stem cells for dysphagia rehabilitation. He has dedicated his career to improving the lives of people with profound swallowing impairments.

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1. Esophageal Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter 2. Transnasal Esophagoscopy (TNE)
Chapter 3. The Videofluoroscopic Esophagram
Chapter 4. High-Resolution Esophageal Manometry
Chapter 5. Ambulatory pH and Impedance Monitoring
Chapter 6. Esophagitis
Chapter 7. Upper Esophageal Sphincter Dysfunction
Chapter 8. Esophageal Webs and Rings and Diverticula
Chapter 9. Esophageal Motility Disorders
Chapter 10. Esophageal Stricture
Chapter 11. Hiatal Hernia
Chapter 12. Barrett’s Esophagus
Chapter 13. Esophageal Neoplasia


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