How is a swallowing test performed?
The test uses X-rays in real time (fluoroscopy) to film as you swallow.
You’ll swallow a substance called barium that is mixed with liquid and food.
The barium shows the movements of your throat and esophagus on the X-ray while you swallow..
What are the signs and symptoms of dysphagia?
Other signs of dysphagia include:coughing or choking when eating or drinking.bringing food back up, sometimes through the nose.a sensation that food is stuck in your throat or chest.persistent drooling of saliva.being unable to chew food properly.a ‘gurgly’ wet sounding voice when eating or drinking.
Is dysphagia a diagnosis or symptom?
Dysphagia is a swallowing disorder that causes difficulty or pain while swallowing or attempting to swallow. Anyone can develop dysphagia, but it is more likely to occur in older people. This condition can make it difficult for people to get adequate nutrition and can significantly affect quality of life.
What is the likely cause of the dysphagia?
Certain disorders — such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease — can cause dysphagia. Neurological damage. Sudden neurological damage, such as from a stroke or brain or spinal cord injury, can affect your ability to swallow.
Why is it harder to swallow when you get older?
A new study finds that as the loss of muscle and function in the throat occurs it becomes more difficult for efficient constriction to occur while swallowing — which leads to an increased chance of food and liquids being left over in the throat.
What is the prep for a barium swallow?
People who are undergoing a barium swallow should not eat or drink for a few hours before the test. In some cases, the doctor may ask the person to stop taking medication before the test. Some hospitals recommend not chewing gum, eating mints, or smoking cigarettes after midnight the night before a barium swallow test.