Food for Thought The Esophagus, To Screen or Not To Screen … That Is the Question, the Responsibility, and Liability Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   June 01, 2012
Food for Thought
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  • Caryn Easterling
    Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Food for Thought
Viewpoint   |   June 01, 2012
Food for Thought
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2012, Vol. 21, 68-72. doi:10.1044/sasd21.2.68
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2012, Vol. 21, 68-72. doi:10.1044/sasd21.2.68

Our professional American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) guidelines state, if a speech-language pathologist suspects on the basis of the clinical history that there may be an esophageal disorder contributing to the patient's dysphagia, then “An esophageal screening can be incorporated into most [videofluoroscopic swallowing studies, or] VFSS” (ASHA, 2004). However, the esophageal screen has not been defined by ASHA or by the American College of Radiology. This “Food for Thought” column suggests deglutologists work together to determine the procedure and expected outcome for the esophageal screen so that there is acceptance and consensus among the multidisciplinary team members who evaluate patients with dysphagia.

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