While you may occasionally have problems swallowing from eating too fast or taking too big of bites, regular difficulty swallowing points to a serious medical condition. This condition, known as dysphagia, is most commonly found in older adults, but it can occur in people of all ages. Generally dysphagia causes people to have to put in great effort to swallow food and drinks, but in extreme cases it may be impossible to swallow at all. This is why Ogden Clinic uses fiber-optic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) tests to diagnosis and treat dysphagia.
Most people who have dysphagia exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:
Dysphagia is often caused by a more serious underlying condition such as a tumor, scar tissue, muscle spasms, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or foreign bodies trapped in the throat. If these symptoms persist and cause weight loss or vomiting, then it is time to speak with an Ogden Clinic specialist about a FEES procedure.
The FEES procedure at Ogden Clinic uses a flexible tube with an attached camera, known as an endoscope, to view the movement of the esophagus, larynx, and pharynx as you swallow foods or liquids. The endoscope is first inserted across the floor of the nasal passage, so that it is positioned to view the larynx, pharynx, and opening of the esophagus from above. Your doctor will then give you foods or liquids with added food coloring, so that the doctor can observe your ability to swallow safely and correctly. The FEES procedure is an outpatient procedure than can be performed right in your doctor’s office and lasts about 20 minutes.
Are you experiencing difficult or painful swallowing? Have you recently lost an excessive amount of weight due trouble eating? If so, it’s time to contact Ogden Clinic about a fiber-optic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) test in Utah. We can help diagnose and treat your dysphagia.