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Bite-Sized Insights

The NFOSD’s Bite-Sized Insights Dysphagia Awareness Campaign was an initiative to raise awareness about dysphagia during Dysphagia Awareness Month 2024. The campaign featured infographics highlighting key facts about swallowing disorders, which were shared on social media to educate the public. Participants, including researchers and healthcare professionals, contributed facts and supporting citations, while sponsors pledged donations based on the infographics’ social media shares.




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The American Broncho-Esophagological Association Releases their Position Statement on the Use of Swallowing Fluoroscopy in Adults

By Shumon Dhar, MD FACS (ABEA Position Statement Development Team Leader & NFOSD Medical Advisor)

Swallowing fluoroscopy, radiographic diagnostic modalities which include the video fluoroscopic swallowing study (VFSS) and esophagram, are widely considered the gold standard in the investigation of swallowing impairment. However, until recently, there was no uniformly accepted or comprehensive standard of practice in the United States. Consequently, there has been a wide array of protocols and interpretative strategies in use across the country.

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Tongue Strengthening Devices for Dysphagia Rehabilitation

[Editor’s Note: The NFOSD’s intent in publishing this material is to provide the dysphagia community with information about treatment options; it is not an endorsement of the products, companies, or therapy approaches. This content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with an appropriate health care professional, as each individual’s medical situation is unique. It is important that you consult with your medical professional (e.g., physician, SLP) prior to implementing any course of treatment.]

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Deciphering Dysphagia

Byline: Tiffany Turner, MS, CCC-SLP, Owner, Swallowing and Neurological Rehabilitation, www.tulsasnr.com. Tiffany founded a dysphagia focused outpatient center in 2014 to serve the northeastern Oklahoma region and fill a gap in her community, as she feels adult speech pathology services are often misunderstood and underutilized. She is also an author and publishes resources for other SLPs to use with their patients which have been downloaded by over 2,000 speech-language pathologists worldwide.


Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, affects up to 15 million adults in the United States. According to past publications, 1 in 25 people will experience some form of dysphagia in their lifetime, including 22% of those age 50 and older (ASHA, 2008; Bhattacharyya, 2014). People at the greatest risk for swallowing impairments include individuals who have had strokes, those with neurological conditions (such Parkinson’s disease), survivors of head and neck cancer, and the elderly. Despite the significant prevalence of dysphagia, this medical condition is often neglected, and many sufferers are never properly diagnosed or treated.

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What Parents Should Know About Radiation Safety and Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies (VFSS)

 

By: Nancy B. Swigert, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders

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Vesna Martich Kriss, MD

Pediatric Radiologist, Baptist Health Lexington

 

It has been recommended that your child undergo a video fluoroscopic swallowing evaluation, often called a modified barium swallow, to assess the pharyngeal phase of the swallow. This radiologic procedure exposes your child to x-rays which raises safety questions about the study. Here are some things parents should know about radiation safety and the video fluoroscopic swallowing exam (VFSS).

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