The Swallowing Clinic at CENTAS offers a comprehensive program for diagnosis and treatment of people who have mild to complex swallowing disorders, known as dysphagia.
Signs and symptoms of dysphagia may include:
- drooling and poor oral management;
- food or liquid remaining in the oral cavity after the swallow;
- inability to maintain lip closure, leading to food and/or liquids leaking from the oral cavity;
- food and/or liquids leaking from the nasal cavity;
- complaints of food “sticking”;
- globus sensation or complaints of a “fullness” in the neck;
- complaints of pain when swallowing;
- wet or gurgly sounding voice during or after eating or drinking;
- coughing during or right after eating or drinking;
- difficulty coordinating breathing and swallowing;
- recurring aspiration pneumonia/respiratory infection and/or fever;
- extra effort or time needed to chew or swallow;
- changes in eating habits—specifically, avoidance of certain foods/drinks; and
- weight loss or dehydration from not being able to eat enough.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Swallowing Disorders
CENTAS uses advanced equipment to determine what is causing your swallowing difficulties and how they can be treated. Specific assessment and treatment modalities may include:
- Nutrition Assessment
- Oral Motor Assessment
- Clinical Swallowing Assessment
- Fibroptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
- Dynamic swallow study (DSS)
- Swallowing therapy for patients with neurogenic dysphagia (post stroke, trauma, degeneative diseases).
- Swallowing therapy for patient’s mechanical dysphagia (post radiation, chemotherapy and head & neck surgery patients).
- Surgical intervention of dysphagia or swallowing disorders.