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Swallowing difficulty, or as physicians identify it, "dysphagia," may present in a variety of ways and may occur for a number of reasons. Because swallowing difficulties can lead to choking when liquid or food leaks into the lungs, this is a serious problem that needs immediate medical assessment and treatment.
The Swallowing Rehabilitation Team at Beaumont is led by your physician and includes a radiologist, nurse and Speech-Language Pathologist. The Swallowing Team designs an individualized plan of treatment.
Dysphagia can occur at different stages in the swallowing process:
Your physician may recommend a clinical swallow evaluation or a Modified Barium Swallow Procedure (MBS) as a way to look at swallowing more closely. The videofluoroscopy MBS procedure is a film of the pathway the food takes from the mouth into the throat and esophagus. The food used in this test is coated with a substance called barium so that the x-ray is easier to see.
Muscle exercises, special eating positions, modified food consistency and individualized treatment procedures can be used to assist patients in redeveloping their swallowing abilities.
Coverage from most major insurance companies is accepted, but coverage for treatment depends on individual insurance benefits.
For more information, please contact us at:
Beaumont Health Center,Royal Oak248-655-5880
Beaumont, Royal Oak248-551-2100
Beaumont, Grosse Pointe313-343-1649
Beaumont Medical Center,St. Clair Shores586-447-4052