Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) involves passing a fiberoptic laryngoscope transnasally to visualize the hypopharynx, larynx, and proximal trachea in order to assess swallowing disorders. FEES has been compared with the modified barium swallow (MBS) (the presumed "gold standard"). To date, reports have demonstrated that FEES is as sensitive as, or even more sensitive, for use as a tool in swallowing assessment compared with the MBS. FEES provides the clinician with a safe, portable, effective, and valid means of evaluating individuals with swallowing disturbances. FEES allows the examiner to identify swallowing physiology, determine the safest and least restrictive level of oral intake, implement appropriate compensatory techniques, and identify a dysphagia rehabilitation plan. In this article we present the Tel-Aviv Voice and Swallowing Disorders Center experience. Out of 100 patients that were referred to our center for swallowing evaluation 97 patients underwent 102 FEES examinations. Three patients couldn't tolerate the examination. In 63% of the patients swallowing pathology was found. FEES were performed by teamwork involving a speech-language pathologist and otolaryngologist collaborating together thus optimally managing the individual with dysphagia safely and efficiently.
|Published - Aug 2006
- Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing
- Modified barium swallowing test