What does a Videofluoroscopy show?

A videofluoroscopy assesses your swallowing ability. It takes place in the X-ray department and provides a moving image of your swallowing in real time. You’ll be asked to swallow different types of food and drink of different consistencies, mixed with a non-toxic liquid called barium that shows up on X-rays.

When is a Videofluoroscopy indicated?

Why do we conduct videofluoroscopic swallow studies? A VFSS is recommended when there is concern about how well your child swallows, how well the airway is protected during swallowing and/or how well food moves from the mouth through the oesophagus (foodpipe).

Are there 5 main types of dysphagia?

A more specific classification categorizes the cause of dysphagia according to location: preesophageal or oropharyngeal dysphagia, esophageal or transport dysphagia, postesophageal or esophagogastric dysphagia, and paraesophageal or extrinsic dysphagia.

What phases of swallowing can be seen with Videofluoroscopy?

Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS)

  • a need to observe oral preparatory, oral transit, pharyngeal, and/or esophageal phases of swallowing;
  • a diagnosed or suspected presence of abnormalities in the anatomy of nasal, oral, pharyngeal, or upper esophageal structures that would preclude endoscopic evaluations;

What are the 4 stages of dysphagia?

There are 4 phases of swallowing:

  • The Pre-oral Phase. – Starts with the anticipation of food being introduced into the mouth – Salivation is triggered by the sight and smell of food (as well as hunger)
  • The Oral Phase.
  • The Pharyngeal Phase.
  • The Oesophageal Phase.

Can surgery be used to treat esophageal dysphagia?

Surgery. Other cases of oesophageal dysphagia can usually be treated with surgery.

Do you need to fast for a Videofluoroscopy?

Who will be there? The Videofluoroscopy will be performed by a Speech Pathologist and a Radiographer. A Radiologist can be consulted if required. There is no need for any preparation or fasting before a Videofluoroscopy.

Why do I keep choking on food and drink?

Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties. Some people with dysphagia have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others can’t swallow at all. Other signs of dysphagia include: coughing or choking when eating or drinking.

What type of doctor treats dysphagia?

Depending on the suspected cause, your health care provider might refer you to an ear, nose and throat specialist, a doctor who specializes in treating digestive disorders (gastroenterologist), or a doctor who specializes in diseases of the nervous system (neurologist).

What is a Videofluoroscopy speech?

A multi-view videofluoroscopic (video floro SKOP ik) speech study, or MVSS, is a procedure to see how the palate functions during speech. It is short and easy for your child to do. It is basically an x-ray movie taken while the child talks. The speech therapist and radiologist carry out the procedure together.

What foods make dysphagia worse?

Foods with a fibrous or ‘stringy’ texture – e.g. celery, green beans, melted cheese or pineapple. Fruit or vegetables with thick skins, seeds or pips – e.g. baked beans, peas, grapes and tomatoes. Crunchy and crumbly items such as toasts, biscuits, crackers, crisps, pie crusts.

Is Esophageal dysphagia serious?

Dysphagia can be painful. In some cases, swallowing is impossible. Occasional difficulty swallowing, such as when you eat too fast or don’t chew your food well enough, usually isn’t cause for concern. But persistent dysphagia can be a serious medical condition requiring treatment.

Who performs a swallow study?

A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is an expert in assessing swallowing disorders and establishing a treatment plan to improve the swallow. Your doctor or the SLP may recommend having a Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) evaluation where your swallow is viewed under x-ray to see how food or liquid is moving.

What are the signs that a person may have dysphagia?

Other signs of dysphagia include:

  • coughing or choking when eating or drinking.
  • bringing food back up, sometimes through the nose.
  • a sensation that food is stuck in your throat or chest.
  • persistent drooling of saliva.
  • being unable to chew food properly.
  • a gurgly, wet-sounding voice when eating or drinking.

What are three disorders that cause dysphagia?

Certain disorders — such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease — can cause dysphagia. Neurological damage. Sudden neurological damage, such as from a stroke or brain or spinal cord injury, can affect the ability to swallow.

What is the best medicine for dysphagia?

Diltiazem: Can aid in esophageal contractions and motility, especially in the disorder known as the nutcracker esophagus. Cystine-depleting therapy with cysteamine: Treatment of choice for patients with dysphagia due to pretransplantation or posttransplantation cystinosis.

Can esophageal dysphagia be cured?

Many cases of dysphagia can be improved with treatment, but a cure isn’t always possible. Treatments for dysphagia include: speech and language therapy to learn new swallowing techniques. changing the consistency of food and liquids to make them safer to swallow.

What happens when you fail the swallow test?

It can lead to pneumonia and other complications. During a bedside swallow exam, your health care provider assesses your risk for dysphagia and aspiration. The test can be performed in a hospital room and doesn’t need any special equipment. You will first be asked about your symptoms.