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Dysphagia Assessment

Dysphagia Assessment

Upon consultation with your doctor regarding your swallowing problems, he or she may make recommendations that you see a speech therapist for a dysphagia evaluation.

Your first visit with the speech therapist (ST) to assess your swallowing function will involve:


  • taking a thorough history of your swallowing difficulties
  • obtaining a thorough medical history
  • examining the structures and muscles involved in swallowing
  • evaluating your swallowing function by observing you eat and drink food and fluids of different consistencies (e.g., hard solids, soft solids, thin liquids, thick liquids)
  • recommending textures of foods, consistencies of liquids and strategies for a more efficient swallowing


The ST may require you to undergo some tests if the clinical findings are inadequate to come up with the best intervention plan. Tests to be carried out may be a Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study (VFS) or Flexible/ Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) or both.


- Last updated 24 Jun 2010,5:18 pm




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