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Programs & Services


Outpatient Dysphagia Clinic

This service provides assessment, treatment, and management of adults 18 and over who have or are suspected of having oropharyngeal swallowing dysfunction.

Services provided may include:

  • clinical swallowing assessment and / or education
  • instrumental assessment

- VFSS/MBS (Videofluoroscopic Swallow Assessment/ Modified Barium Swallow

- FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing)

  • follow-up if indicated
  • referrals to other services or programs

The clinic DOES NOT assess or manage patients with suspected esophageal abnormalities.

Consider alternate investigations if patient has:

  • sensation of lump in the throat not associated with oral intake
  • food feeling stuck at level of sternal notch or below
  • difficulty with solids but not liquids
  • sensation of choking, but able to breathe throughout and food typically clears

Access
Service Providers May Include
speech-language pathologists (SLPs)
Eligibility

Patients must be 18 years or older.

Service Access

Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.


Service Locations
Also Known As
Acronym
ODC
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Outpatient Swallowing Clinic