Before the proper treatment can be prescribed, the cause of the condition must first be diagnosed. There are a number of tests to help determine the cause of a swallowing disorder. A review of medical history almost always comes first.
Here are some possible tests and treatments available to you at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center:
- Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) – examination of the throat with a scope while eating and drinking to assess swallow function
- Flexible laryngoscopy – examination of the throat with a telescope
- Esophagram – examination of the integrity of the throat and esophagus while swallowing contrast barium fluid that produces images of the affected area
- Imaging, including MRI or CT scan
- Modified barium swallow – a speech pathologist assists to observe swallowing while patient eats different foods coated with barium