Once you receive your modified barium swallow test results, your physician and speech pathologist will determine the best treatment plan depending on the type of dysphagia (swallowing disorder) you have, and the intensity of your symptoms and how they affect your quality of life.
The complications that arise from swallowing disorders can be quite severe if left untreated. Chronic dehydration and malnutrition from avoiding food or liquids can potentially land you in the hospital and on a feeding tube to bypass the esophagus.
Complications like pneumonia and recurrent respiratory infections can become life threatening if left untreated. Sometimes, surgery may be recommended if your modified barium swallow test results indicate a tightened esophagus or abnormal growths and scar tissue.
The good news is most swallowing disorders can be treated, or their symptoms improved with exercises, postural modifications, and simple diet changes that can make a big impact on your quality of life with dysphagia.
For many seniors, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) is a common issue caused by neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or after a stroke.
At TwinCity Medical Mobile, we pride ourselves on our commitment to support seniors to receive the best care.
We’ve tried to make the diagnostic process as convenient as possible, and we travel to you anywhere in the Piedmont region of North Carolina to administer the swallow test aboard our state-of-the-art medical van, where your modified barium swallow test results are available for review almost immediately. Your Modified Barium Swallow Test results are recorded via DVR to ensure that you have the ability to make multiple copies for your family, physician, and speech pathologist.