MBSS vs FEES

Dysphagia Consultation Including Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS) and Esophageal Assessment to the Stomach Versus Fiber optic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)                           MBSS and FEES are complementary assessments BUT are NOT the same instrumental assessment. The MBSS is considered the GOLD STANDARD and remains the MOST COMPRESHENSIVE EVAULATION of oropharyngeal dysphagia.   The Major Advantages […]

Multiple Sclerosis

Dysphagia occurs more frequently in advanced stages of MS, although it can occur at any time during the disease course. Its real prevalence can be estimated to be around 30%–40%. Dysphagia is life-threatening if not managed properly. In fact, its complications such as dehydration and aspiration pneumonia are a common cause of death and morbidity […]

Oral Motor Management

    Consultants in Dysphagia Evaluation and Management 817-514-MBS1 or 1-888-514-MBS1 www.dysphagiadiagnostex.com Created by : Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP   Oral Motor Management An examination of the patients anatomy is done during an Bedside Swallow Eval (BSE) This usually begins with lip seal and tongue movement Of importance is evaluation of oromandibular movement during mastication, […]

Guilty by Association – Cervical Spine

The cervical spine begins at the base of the skull. Seven vertebrae make up the cervical spine with eight pairs of cervical nerves. The individual cervical vertebrae are abbreviated C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 and C7. The cervical nerves are also abbreviated; C1 through C8. Dysphagia following cervical spine intervention has been under-diagnosed and […]

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Public Education Sheet For over 75 years May has been designated as Better Hearing and Speech Month — a time to raise public awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the various forms of communication impairments to include those of hearing, speech, language, and voice. Communication impairments affect the most vulnerable in our society — the young, […]

Cranial Nerves

    Consultants in Dysphagia Evaluation and Management Phone: 817-514-MBS1 or 1-888-514-MBS1 Fax: 817-514-MBS8 or 1-877-514-MBS8 Speech Pathologist Reference Sheet By. Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP THE NERVE OF IT ALL! CRANIAL NERVE REFERENCE SHEET         The cranial nerves innervate the muscles of the jaw, face, tongue, neck, pharynx, and larynx. Some of them are motor, […]

Dysphagia During the Holidays

    Consultants in Dysphagia Evaluation and Management Phone: 817-514-MBS1 or 1-888-514-MBS1 Fax: 817-514-MBS8 or 1-877-514-MBS8 www.dysphagiadiagnostex.com By: Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP Dysphagia during the Holidays   If you really think about it, our lives revolve around food and eating.  We do business over lunch, romance over dinner, celebrate with food, and eating together solidifies […]

TASTE Reference Sheet Handout

  Consultants in Dysphagia Evaluation and Management 817-514-MBS1 or 1-888-514-MBS1 By: Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP TASTE REFERENCE SHEET Now That’s Tasty!   DELICIOUS, Scrumptious, delectable, BLAND, unpalatable, Stale, awful, YUMMY,   Just a few of many words to describe taste, but they also describe smell and the two are often linked together. 4 BASIC TASTES […]

GERD Handout

Consultants in Dysphagia Evaluation and Management 817-514-MBS1 or 1-888-514-MBS1 www.dysphagiadiagnostex.com By: Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP REFLUX Heartburn is a common problem in the United States and in the Western world. Approximately 7% of the population experience symptoms of heartburn daily. An abnormal esophageal exposure to gastric juice is probably present in 20-40% of this population, […]

Taste

  Consultants in Dysphagia Evaluation and Management 817-514-MBS1 or 1-888-514-MBS1 By: Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP TASTE REFERENCE SHEET Now That’s Tasty!   DELICIOUS, Scrumptious, delectable, BLAND, unpalatable, Stale, awful, YUMMY,   Just a few of many words to describe taste, but they also describe smell and the two are often linked together. 4 BASIC TASTES […]

Strategies with Head and Neck Cancer

    Consultants in Dysphagia Evaluation and Management Phone: 817-514-MBS1 or 1-888-514-MBS1 Fax: 817-514-MBS8 or 1-877-514-MBS8 Speech Pathologist Reference Sheet By: Ronda Polansky M.S. CCC-SLP     STRATEGIES in Head and Neck Cancer For those patients who have undergone surgical resection or organ preservation protocols for head and neck cancer and who are unable to […]

Family Education Sheet on ASPIRATION

Family Education Sheet ASPIRATION   Aspiration – Aspiration occurs when material such as gastric contents, saliva, food, nasopharyngeal secretions are inhaled into the airway or upper respiratory tract.  In a healthy population, micro aspiration is common and pulmonary secretions seldom occur. In the unhealthy population risk for pneumonia is higher due to levels of consciousness, […]