Dysphagia clinical trials at UC Davis
1 research study open to eligible people
Study looking at safety and efficacy of the Swallow Expansion Device (SED) for improvement of severe swallowing issues
“Can the Swallow Expansion Device (SED) treat severe dysphagia?”
open to eligible people ages 18 years and up
Biomedical devices, such as artificial joints and pacemakers, are accepted and commonly used in medicine. While great progress in biomedical devices has been made for many other disorders, there is currently no device available to assist with the act of deglutition. The investigators have developed a biomedical device (Swallow Expansion Device, SED) that assists with swallowing by mechanically opening the upper esophageal sphincter and allowing food and liquid to safely enter the esophagus. The SED has proven safe in cadaver and live animal studies (Belafsky, 2010).