, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 216–219 | Cite as

Fiberoptic endoscopic examination of swallowing safety: A new procedure

  • Susan E. Langmore
  • Kenneth Schatz M. A. 
  • Nels Olsen
Original Articles


A new procedure for assessing the pharyngeal stage of swallowing in patients with dysphagia is described. Called the fiberoptic endoscopic examination of swallowing safety (FEESS), it is being used to detect aspiration and to determine the safety of oral feeding in patients for whom the traditional videofluoroscopic evaluation may be difficult or impossible to perform. Patients for whom the FEESS procedure is indicated are identified and information obtainable via endoscopy is outlined.

Key words

Fiberoptics Endoscope Aspiration Pharynx Swallowing, pharyngeal stage 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan E. Langmore
    • 1
  • Kenneth Schatz M. A. 
    • 1
  • Nels Olsen
    • 2
  1. 1.Swallowing Disorders Clinic, Audiology and Speech Pathology ServiceVeterans Administration Medical CenterAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Swallowing Disorders Clinic, Otorhinolaryngology ServiceVeterans Administration Medical CenterAnn ArborUSA

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