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E2116. Unique Cases of Dysphagia: Beyond the Lumen
Authors
  1. Chrissy Makariou-Pikis; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  2. Rashmi Thakkar; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  3. Anousheh Sayah; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  4. Erini Makariou; MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Background
We aim to create an educational exhibit to portray how unique anatomical variations and different pathologies may lead to dysphagia symptoms.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
This exhibit presents images with explanations from various case examples to allow the viewer to gain a broader understanding of how subtle (or not so subtle) changes can lead to problematic manifestations for the patient.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
We will be showing various cross sectional images including CT, MRI, MRA, and CT angiography to demonstrate various case examples of dysphagia. Additionally, certain cases will also have a correlate study with a modified barium swallow. As an example, in slide 4 we show a CT neck with contrast in the transverse (A) and sagittal (B) views which demonstrates a well-defined, non-enhancing ovoid cyst within the epiglottis with severe compromise of the hypopharynx.

Conclusion
With the help of the educational exhibit, the viewers will be able to understand the causes of dysphagia not only related to the esophagus, but also as to how other outside anatomic causes may contribute to this pathology.