Adult Swallowing Disorders

Nearly 15 million adults in the United States have some form of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). This  can be the result of a neurological event or disorder, head and/or neck cancer, or an unknown cause.

Our inpatient and outpatient Speech-Language Pathologists provide a broad range of services for dysphagia. Clinical evaluation may include a videofluoroscopic swallow study, which observes how different textures and consistencies of food and drink move through the patient’s mouth, throat and esophagus, or it may entail a test where the patient’s swallowing is observed via a flexible endoscope inserted through the nose.

After you complete your evaluation, our pathologists likely will recommend therapy, which can include diet modification training, teaching of compensatory strategies, exercises, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation.

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