FEES - Swallow Testing
Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES) is completed to assess the pharyngeal/laryngeal phase of swallowing. Each patient is observed consuming foods and liquids for evaluation of aspiration, penetration, and pharyngeal and laryngeal phase dysfunction.
Symptoms of Swallowing Disorders:
a feeling that food or liquid is sticking in the throat
discomfort in the throat or chest (when reflux present)
a sensation of a foreign body or “lump” in the throat
weight loss and inadequate nutrition due to prolonged or more significant problems with swallowing
coughing or choking caused by bits of food, liquid, or saliva not passing easily during swallowing, and being sucked into the lungs.
Swallowing Disorders or Dysphagia
People with this condition have difficulty with swallowing. Some people with dysphagia may be unable to swallow solid foods, liquids, or even saliva. This can lead to the patient becoming malnourished, since he or she is unable to take in enough calories. Dysphagia can also lead to serious infections when poor swallowing causes food to get trapped in the lungs or outside the esophagus.
Dysphagia happens when the larynx does not close tightly during swallowing and when the pharynx or throat does not move food to the esophagus in a coordinated or effective way. Dysphagia is often seen in patients who have suffered strokes but can also occur following neck surgery or after radiation treatments for head and neck cancer.
If you notice symptoms that you think could fit any of these conditions, consult your doctor immediately.