Difficulty with swallowing, also known as dysphagia, is a common condition. The prevalence of dysphagia ranges from 16 to 22 % [1, 2]. Dysphagia in adults could be due to a number of causes, primarily including neurological causes, aging, and head and neck cancer. Over the past decade, the assessment of dysphagia has been continually evolving, with speech-language pathologist services being increasingly sought after for the management of individuals with dysphagia. Assessment of dysphagia is multidisciplinary. The members of a multidisciplinary team vary depending on the primary causes of dysphagia. However, the core team members involved in the assessment of dysphagia often include a speech-language pathologist, otolaryngologist, radiologist, gastroenterologist, and dietician. Accurate assessment of individuals with dysphagia is critical to decrease morbidity secondary to aspiration pneumonia and reduce the health-care costs associated with long-term hospitalization for management of aspiration pneumonia [3].


Instrumental Assessment Modify Barium Swallow Modify Barium Swallow Study Bolus Transit Time Hyolaryngeal Excursion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Speech and Hearing SciencesIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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