Evaluating swallowing disorders: The speech-language pathologist's perspective

L. R. Cherney*, T. S. Souder

*Corresponding author for this work

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A comprehensive evaluation of swallowing is critical for identifying the presence of a dysphagia, the stage of dysfunction, and the underlying cause of difficulty, as well as for determining the risk for aspiration. This article reviews the procedures of the evaluation, typically conducted by a speech-language pathologist. The evaluation includes a complete history of the problem, a clinical swallowing evaluation, and a video-fluorographic assessment (or other instrumental assessment) of the swallowing mechanism. The results of the evaluation allow the clinician to determine an appropriate individualized management plan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-26
Number of pages13
JournalTopics in stroke rehabilitation
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996


  • dysphagia
  • evaluation
  • stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Community and Home Care
  • Rehabilitation


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