Swallowing impairments in adults (technically referred to as dysphagia) can be problematic and impacting on someone’s ability to effectively eat and drink. Dysphagia can present in a variety of ways, and these can include:

  • Frequent coughing during or soon after eating and drinking.
  • The sensation of food or drink sticking in the throat.
  • Choking.
  • Drooling.
  • Unexplained weight loss.

Dysphagia can be caused by several conditions, including:

  • Neurological conditions (e.g., following a stroke, head injury and as a result of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and Motor Neuron Disease)
  • Structural conditions (e.g., head and neck cancers)
  • Physiological conditions (e.g., respiratory disease)

At Evolve Speech Pathology we are passionate in supporting our dysphagic population with highly specialist skills in this clinical area. Our service also includes the provision of Modified Barium Swallow (MBS)/ Video Fluoroscopy Swallow Study (VFSS) at PRP Norwest Private Hospital and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) with Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist Professor Carsten Palme.