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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.



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.

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham