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Section 2: How is it assessed?

Dysphagia: How is it assessed?


Clinical examinationClinical Examination:

Look, feel, listen for signs of dysphagia using a stethoscope at times.

 

VideofluoroscopyVideofluoroscopy:

An x-ray where food and drink is mixed with barium so we can see exactly what happens when we swallow.

 

FEESFibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES):

A small endoscope is passed through the nose to visualise the larynx (voice box) and airway during the swallow.

 

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