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Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of the Swallow (FEES)

The Study

The Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of the Swallow (FEES) is a diagnostic method that involves passing a small fiberoptic scope attached to a camera through the nose and into the pharynx. This method allows dysphagia clinicians to see the anatomy in color, visualize secretions, and provides a different angle for observing the swallow than achieved using a Modified Barium Swallow Study. ​

This method may be slightly uncomfortable for many patients, but provides valuable information. A FEES study may be preferable as a follow up to a Modified Barium Swallow Study, when patients have vocal fold impairments present with a profound swallow impairment or when bedbound. 

This test is performed at bedside rather than on our mobile clinic and patients are able to eat and drink normal food textures with some added food coloring. Patients, family, and facility staff are able to observe the study, therapeutic procedures can be trialed without a time limit, and fatigue effects can be easily monitored.

Our Speech Language Pathologists are trained and experienced endoscopists who strictly adhere to Illinois state law and manufacturer infection control procedures.

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