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fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing

Jessica M Pisegna, James C Borders, Asako Kaneoka, Wendy J Coster, Rebecca Leonard, Susan E Langmore
The purpose of this study was to investigate the reliability of residue ratings on Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). We also examined rating differences based on experience to determine if years of experience influenced residue ratings. A group of 44 raters watched 81 FEES videos representing a wide range of residue severities for thin liquid, applesauce, and cracker boluses. Raters were untrained on the rating scales and simply rated their overall impression of residue amount on a visual analog scale (VAS) and a five-point ordinal scale in a randomized fashion across two sessions...
March 7, 2018: Dysphagia
Paul Muhle, Sonja Suntrup-Krueger, Rainer Dziewas, Tobias Warnecke
Varicella zoster virus reactivation is a rare cause of pharyngeal dysphagia with long-term sequelae persisting in most cases. A 76-year-old immunocompetent woman presented with a 4-week history of dysphagia and dysphonia. Brain magnetic resonance imaging displayed a negative finding. Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing showed a severe dysphagia leading to a percutaneous gastrostomy eventually. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis revealed a lymphocytic pleocytosis and polymerase chain reaction amplified Varicella zoster virus DNA...
2018: SAGE Open Medical Case Reports
Nicole Pizzorni, Antonio Schindler, Marco Fantini, Andy Bertolin, Giuseppe Rizzotto, Federico Ambrogi, Giovanni Succo, Erika Crosetti
BACKGROUND: Several studies have previously analyzed the relationship between QOL and signs of dysphagia in patients treated for head and neck cancer and have reported heterogeneous findings. To the best of our knowledge, no study has previously investigated this relationship among patients who underwent open partial horizontal laryngectomy (OPHL). The aim of the study is to determine if patient-reported swallowing-related QOL can discriminate between safe and unsafe swallowing in OPHL patients...
February 8, 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Ebru Karaca Umay, Fatih Karaahmet, Eda Gurcay, Fatma Balli, Erhan Ozturk, Ozgur Karaahmet, Yasemin Eren, Tijen Ceylan
We evaluated swallowing function in patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) with or without dysphagia symptoms using different evaluation parameters and compared the results with those of healthy subjects. A total of 36 patients with MG and 25 healthy volunteers were included in the study. The subjects were classified into three groups; patients without dysphagia (group 1), patients with dysphagia (group 2), and healthy participants (group 3). The presence and severity of dysphagia, the oropharyngeal, pharyngeal, pharyngoesophageal, and esophageal phases were assessed using a screening test, manometric test, electrophysiologic studies [electroneuromyography (EMG)], fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES), and barium swallow pharyngeal esophagography (BSPE), respectively...
February 7, 2018: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Reinie Cordier, Renée Speyer, Antonio Schindler, Emilia Michou, Bas Joris Heijnen, Laura Baijens, Ayşe Karaduman, Katina Swan, Pere Clavé, Annette Veronica Joosten
The Swallowing Quality of Life questionnaire (SWAL-QOL) is widely used clinically and in research to evaluate quality of life related to swallowing difficulties. It has been described as a valid and reliable tool, but was developed and tested using classic test theory. This study describes the reliability and validity of the SWAL-QOL using item response theory (IRT; Rasch analysis). SWAL-QOL data were gathered from 507 participants at risk of oropharyngeal dysphagia (OD) across four European countries. OD was confirmed in 75...
February 1, 2018: Dysphagia
C Chen, L T Tan, Z M Xu
Objectives: To provide the experience about the diagnostic process and following management, and to discuss the outcome and predictors in children with laryngeal cleft (LC). Methods: A retrospective case study was conducted at an academic children's hospital. Thirty children were diagnosed as laryngeal cleft between January 2016 and April 2017.Airway evaluations were performed using both flexible and rigid endoscopy, and swallowing evaluations were performed using fiberoptic endoscopic examination of swallowing or modified barium swallow...
January 7, 2018: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Jessica M Pisegna, Joseph Murray
This article aims to review the use of laryngoscopy to assess swallowing function in the stroke population. Since its inception in 1988, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) has become an established procedure with distinct objective findings and practical applications, enabling many to choose it as the primary instrumental tool in evaluating poststroke dysphagia. In this article, we outline the decision-making process of when to use FEES. We highlight considerations for the acute stroke patient and visual signs that guide decision making during a FEES, such as secretions, swallowing frequency, and pharyngeal squeeze elicitation...
February 2018: Seminars in Speech and Language
Susanne Vetter-Laracy, Borja Osona, Antonia Roca, Jose A Peña-Zarza, Jose A Gil, Joan Figuerola
OBJECTIVES: Swallowing disorders which lead to aspiration are common in premature infants with a postmenstrual age (PMA) of >36 weeks. Aspiration is often silent and the unique symptom is desaturation during feeding. The aim of this study was 1) to determine the number of prematures with desaturations during feeding due to aspiration, using Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES); 2) to relate clinical factors and FEES findings to aspiration; and 3) to describe type and efficacy of suggested treatments...
January 22, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
Sung-Jun Kim, Geun-Young Park, Yong-Min Choi, Dong-Gyun Sohn, Sae-Rom Kang, Sun Im
In the elderly, myasthenia gravis (MG) can present with bulbar symptoms, which can be clinically difficult to diagnose from other neurological comorbid conditions. We describe a case of a 75-year-old man who had been previously diagnosed with dysphagia associated with medullary infarction but exhibited aggravation of the dysphagia later on due to a superimposed development of bulbar MG. After recovering from his initial swallowing difficulties, the patient suddenly developed ptosis, drooling, and generalized weakness with aggravated dysphagia...
December 2017: Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
Margaret M Coffey, Neil Tolley, David Howard, Michael Drinnan, Mary Hickson
This study investigates the post-laryngectomy swallow. Presence and degree of residue on the post-laryngectomy swallow as observed on videofluoroscopy and FEES is described. In addition, videofluoroscopy and FEES are assessed for reliability and inter-instrument agreement. 30 laryngectomy subjects underwent dysphagia evaluation using simultaneous videofluoroscopy and FEES. These were reviewed post-examination by three expert raters using a rating scale designed for this purpose. Raters were blinded to subject details, type of laryngectomy surgery, pairing of FEES and videofluoroscopy examinations and the scores of other raters...
January 19, 2018: Dysphagia
Sonja Suntrup-Krueger, Corinna Ringmaier, Paul Muhle, Andreas Wollbrink, Andre Kemmling, Uta Hanning, Inga Claus, Tobias Warnecke, Inga Teismann, Christo Pantev, Rainer Dziewas
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is able to enhance dysphagia rehabilitation following stroke. Besides relating clinical effects with neuroplastic changes in cortical swallowing processing, we aimed to identify factors influencing treatment success. METHODS: In this double-blind, randomized study, 60 acute dysphagic stroke patients received contralesional anodal (1mA, 20 minutes) or sham tDCS on 4 consecutive days. Swallowing function was thoroughly assessed before and after the intervention using the validated Fiberoptic Endoscopic Dysphagia Severity Scale (FEDSS) and clinical assessment...
January 19, 2018: Annals of Neurology
Hiroshige Taniguchi, Yoichiro Aoyagi, Koichiro Matsuo, Kazuharu Nakagawa, Eiichi Saitoh
Swallowing reflex is known to be evoked by gastroesophageal regurgitation or esophageal stimulation in animal studies. However, details regarding the stimulating material, bolus size, and stimulation area remain unclear for the stimulation-induced type of swallowing reflex in human. Here, we evaluated the effects of different kinds of stimulation via water and air injection of the esophagus on the initiation of the swallowing reflex. Nine healthy individuals participated in this study. A fiberoptic endoscope was passed transnasally and a thin catheter for injection was passed through the other side...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
Matthew S Erwood, Beverly C Walters, Timothy M Connolly, Amber S Gordon, William R Carroll, Bonita S Agee, Bradley R Carn, Mark N Hadley
OBJECTIVE Dysphagia and vocal cord palsy (VCP) are common complications after anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). The reported incidence rates for dysphagia and VCP are variable. When videolaryngostroboscopy (VLS) is performed to assess vocal cord function after ACDF procedures, the incidence of VCP is reported to be as high as 22%. The incidence of dysphagia ranges widely, with estimates up to 71%. However, to the authors' knowledge, there are no prospective studies that demonstrate the rates of VCP and dysphagia for reoperative ACDF...
February 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Thomas Marian, Jens Burchard Schröder, Paul Muhle, Inga Claus, Axel Riecker, Tobias Warnecke, Sonja Suntrup-Krueger, Rainer Dziewas
BACKGROUND: Dysphagia is a frequent and dangerous complication of acute stroke. Apart from a well-timed oropharyngeal muscular contraction pattern, sensory feedback is of utmost importance for safe and efficient swallowing. In the present study, we therefore analyzed the relation between pharyngolaryngeal sensory deficits and post-stroke dysphagia (PSD) severity in a cohort of acute stroke patients with middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarction. METHODS: Eighty-four first-ever MCA stroke patients (41 left, 43 right) were included in this trial...
October 3, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
Luis F Giraldo-Cadavid, Javier Burguete, Felipe Rueda, Ana M Galvis, Natalia Castaneda, Mario Arbulu, Jorge I Balaguera, Nelson Paez, Secundino Fernandez
Recent studies have shown an association between alterations in laryngopharyngeal mechanosensitivity (LPMS) and dysphagia, obstructive sleep apnea, and chronic cough hypersensitivity syndrome. A previous reliability study of a new laryngopharyngeal endoscopic esthesiometer and rangefinder (LPEER) showed high intra- and inter-rater reliability; however, its accuracy has not been tested. We performed an accuracy study of the LPEER in a prospectively and consecutively recruited cohort of 118 patients at two tertiary care university hospitals...
July 27, 2017: Dysphagia
Julie Regan, Susan Lawson, Vânia De Aguiar
Adults with COPD frequently present with dysphagia, which often leads to clinical complications and hospital admissions. This study investigates the ability of the Eating Assessment Tool (EAT-10) to predict aspiration during objective dysphagia evaluation in adults with stable COPD. Thirty adults (20 male, 10 female; mean age = 69.07 ± 16.82) with stable COPD attended an outpatient dysphagia clinic for a fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) in an acute teaching hospital (January 2015-November 2016)...
July 13, 2017: Dysphagia
Lisa Mahoney, Rachel Rosen
Feeding difficulties such as dysphagia, coughing, choking, or vomiting during meals, slow eating, oral aversion, food refusal, and stressful mealtimes are common in children with repaired esophageal atresia (EA) and the reasons for this are often multifactorial. The aim of this review is to describe the possible underlying mechanisms contributing to feeding difficulties in patients with EA and approaches to management. Underlying mechanisms for these feeding difficulties include esophageal dysphagia, oropharyngeal dysphagia and aspiration, and aversions related to prolonged gastrostomy tube feeding...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Mariana C Leal, Vanessa van der Linden, Thiago P Bezerra, Luciana de Valois, Adriana C G Borges, Margarida M C Antunes, Kátia G Brandt, Catharina X Moura, Laura C Rodrigues, Coeli R Ximenes
We summarize the characteristics of dysphagia in 9 infants in Brazil with microcephaly caused by congenital Zika virus infection. The Schedule for Oral Motor Assessment, fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, and the videofluoroscopic swallowing study were used as noninstrumental and instrumental assessments. All infants had a degree of neurologic damage and showed abnormalities in the oral phase. Of the 9 infants, 8 lacked oral and upper respiratory tract sensitivity, leading to delays in initiation of the pharyngeal phase of swallowing...
August 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Brooke Baumann, Sara Byers, Tamara Wasserman-Wincko, Libby Smith, Bridget Hathaway, Jay Bhama, Norihisa Shigemura, J W Awori Hayanga, Jonathan D'Cunha, Jonas T Johnson
BACKGROUND: Dysphagia, aspiration, and potential pneumonia represent a major source of morbidity in patients undergoing lung transplantation. Conditions that potentiate dysphagia and aspiration include frailty and prolonged intubation. Our group of speech-language pathologists has been actively involved in performance of a bedside evaluation of swallowing, and instrumental evaluation of swallowing with modified barium swallow, and postoperative management in patients undergoing lung transplantation...
July 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Mehran Alizadeh Aghdam, Makoto Ogawa, Toshihiko Iwahashi, Kiyohito Hosokawa, Chieri Kato, Hidenori Inohara
The purpose of this study was to assess whether or not high frame rate (HFR) videos recorded using high-speed digital imaging (HSDI) improve the visual recognition of the motions of the laryngopharyngeal structures during pharyngeal swallow in fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES). Five healthy subjects were asked to swallow 0.5 ml water under fiberoptic nasolaryngoscopy. The endoscope was connected to a high-speed camera, which recorded the laryngopharyngeal view throughout the swallowing process at 4000 frames/s (fps)...
April 29, 2017: Dysphagia
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