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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Shank

Defining FEES and Who Needs it

Updated: Apr 2

Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) is a swallow test performed by a trained speech-language pathologist using an endoscope to assess a person's ability to swallow.

How the Test is Administered

The patient receives liquids and food mixed with food coloring and the swallow function is observed throughout the full swallowing process. The assessment can take up to 20 minutes and is administered at the patient’s residence. The endoscope is connected to a video monitor and is viewed in real-time by both the patient and the therapist, allowing for immediate results.

  • High definition images allowing for immediate results

  • Conducted in area and position where patient consumes meals

  • No radiation exposure

  • Conducted onsite, no need for transport

  • More accurate testing available

Learn more about the accuracy of bedside swallow studies.

What is Dysphagia

If a resident or patient has difficulty swallowing or cannot swallow certain types of food or liquids, the issue is commonly referred to as Dysphagia.

What to Look for:

  • Coughing or gagging when eating or drinking

  • Pain when swallowing

  • Sensation of food or liquid is stuck in the throat or chest

  • Excessive saliva

  • Difficulty chewing food and initiating a swallow

  • Hoarseness

  • Vomiting

  • Acid Reflux

When to Seek Help

If a caregiver or patient notices regular difficulty swallowing, weight loss, and vomiting it is recommended contacting an organization, such as Mobile X-ray of Louisiana, that can coordinate a Swallow Study (FEES) to be conducted at the patient room or residents home.

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