Costa, Milton Melciades Barbosa
Arq. Gastroenterol. 47(4): 327-328, ND. 2010 Dec.
Videofluoroscopy is the standard exam for evaluating swallowing dynamics. Nevertheless, a number of other methodologies are also used. In this current edition of ARQUIVOS de GASTROENTEROLOGIA two insightful manuscripts entitled Clinical evaluation of oropharyngeal dysphagia in Machado-Joseph disease(2) and Effect of age on proximal esophageal response to swallowing(8) utilizes other methodologies. The authors of the first study classified their results based on dysphagia severity scale, which was created with videofluoroscopy and they adopted cervical auscultation for the clinical evaluation of the pharyngeal phase of deglutition. Certainly, videofluoroscopy would allow to confirm and to give more reliability of the results.