A swallowing assessment may be recommended for complaints of dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) or indications of aspiration (food/liquid that goes down the wrong way). The assessment is completed by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) with or without a physician present.

Indications for Swallow Evaluation may include:

  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Food sticking
  • Increased cough or throat-clear while eating/drinking
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Shortness of breath while eating/drinking
  • Food pocketing in the oral cavity (mouth)
A swallowing assessment may include a Clinical / Non-Instrumental Swallow Evaluation in which a SLP administers varying food consistencies and observes swallow function. A FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) may also be recommended. This examination uses a flexible endoscope that is passed through the nose and into the throat.

The larynx (voice box) is observed while eating and drinking varying food / liquid consistencies. Compensatory strategies may be attempted to improve swallow function during both assessments.

The information contained on this website is intended for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose and/or dictate treatment for any disease process. Please consult your physician for management tailored to your specific condition.