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Dysphagia Awareness & Grey’s Anatomy

October 10, 2013

Last week, the ever-popular TV show Grey’s Anatomy (one of my favourites) featured a patient, Dr. Richard Webber, who was suffering from dysphagia.  Dysphagia produces difficulty with swallowing, which affects eating, and can lead to coughing, and choking.  It is often treated by speech-language pathologists, and in our second year of studies, we have an entire course on dysphagia.

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Dr. Shane Ross: “His daily weights are trending down…OT wants to do a swallow study.”

Awareness of Dysphagia was great to see on Grey’s Anatomy.  It also brought up some interesting reactions on twitter, as there was no mention of SLP involvement:

What do you think?  Did producer Shonda Rhimes forget to do her homework on this one?

Let us know below!

– apl

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