Swallowing Disorders

Our state-of-the-art medical van performs tests to diagnose swallowing disorders at care facilities for the elderly.

Swallowing Disorders

Swallowing disorders, otherwise known as dysphagia, can occur at one of the three phases of the swallowing process. For instance, someone with a swallowing disorder that occurs at the oral phase may have difficulty chewing, sucking, or moving food or liquid from the mouth and to the throat. Other swallowing disorders can occur at the pharyngeal phase, where food moves down the throat, or at the esophageal phase, where food is moved from the esophagus to the stomach.

A variety of conditions, diseases, and surgical interventions can create swallowing problems, and you may have a swallowing disorder if you cough right after you eat or drink or if you have to put in extra time and effort to chew and swallow. You may also have a swallowing disorder if food or liquid leaks from your mouth while eating, you experience recurring chest congestion after eating, or you are not able to eat enough that weight loss and dehydration become issues.

Swallowing disorders are diagnosed through either an endoscopic assessment or a modified barium swallow (MBS) test. When an MBS test is performed, the individual being tested consumes food or liquid containing barium, and the swallowing process is viewed by x-ray.

Here at TwinCity Medical Mobile, we perform MBS tests at nursing homes, extended care facilities, assisted living facilities, and other locations. We perform these tests in our medical mobile van, which is equipped with all necessary equipment and technology needed to conduct MBS tests, and we make the testing process very convenient. Our passion is helping the elderly, so if you believe your care center could benefit from our advantageous approach to MBS tests, please reach out to us today!

 

 

 


At TwinCity Medical Mobile, we can help diagnose swallowing disorders in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Burlington, Thomasville, Lexington, Asheboro, Kernersville, Clemmons, Hickory, Charlotte, Lincolnton, Statesville, Mooresville, Davidson, Gastonia, and Concord, North Carolina.