Modified endoscopic swallowing test for improved diagnosis and prevention of aspiration

Haim Flaksman, Yshai Ron, Nophar Ben-David, Udi Cinamon, Dalia Levy, Eyal Russo, Maxim Sokolov, Yona Avni, Yehudah Roth*

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Laryngopharyngeal sensation is important in the normal process of swallowing, it is often impaired after neurological events and it has been common practice in such an occurrence to order non-oral tube feeding to prevent aspiration. This study assesses a novel approach to the evaluation of the laryngopharyngeal sensation that allows for improved triage of aspiration risk and more lenience towards oral feeding. This is a case series with follow-up period ranging from 6 to 24 months. Forty patients with neurological deficiencies were tested by a modified laryngopharyngeal sensation study that included evaluation of both supra and infra-glottis. All patients had impaired supra glottic sensation but had good infra glottic sensation that enabled cough protection. All had received oral feeding. Main outcome measure is incident aspiration pneumonia. Twenty-two patients maintained oral feeding without any evidence of aspiration. Eighteen patients had some aspirations associated with cough, and were maintained on modified oral feeding. Out of these 18 patients, four patients (10% of the entire group) developed aspiration pneumonia. The presented procedure identified patients with impaired supraglottic sensation but preserved good infra glottic sensation. This observation enables safe oral feeding in most patients and therefore offers a better quality of life for these individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)637-640
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Dysphagia
  • Neurologic event
  • Sensation


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