Name of Department :: Swallowing Clinic
This clinic is primarily intended to cater to patients with swallowing difficulties and disorders.
Swallowing is an extremely complex function with multiple nerves and muscles involved in the process. A dysfunction of any of the components involved can result in dysphagia or swallowing difficulty. Some known causes of dysphagia are cerebrovascular accidents (stroke), Parkinson’s disease, myasthenia gravis and quite a few other neurological conditions. Patients treated for cancers in the head and neck region also occasionally face swallowing difficulties.
The complaints of a patient with dysphagia can vary from “food stuck in throat” to “choking episodes or cough after swallowing”. Swallowing disorders require a detailed evaluation. Often an endoscopic examination(FEES) to determine the cause of dysphagia is carried out. This also helps to plan further treatment.
Swallowing therapy forms the mainstay of treatment for dysphagia. Swallowing therapy involves various exercises designed to help the patient swallow better and more efficiently.
Procedures performed in Department :
Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
Digital swallowing workstation with Fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) and Swallowing signals lab
Past conference or Event details:
Swallowing Update Nov 2020 was a global webinar which was attended by delegates from 25 countries with lectures by leading faculties