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Fiber Optic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing

When a child swallows the food, it passes through the mouth, throat, and the food pipe called the oesophagus. A fibreoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing is a test to evaluate the way a person swallows the food and the movement of the food particles through the tube. During the procedure, the doctor passes a thin instrument called a laryngoscope through the nose and evaluates the images of the parts of your throat, voice box, and breathing tube as you swallow. The procedure examines the coordination of the muscles with breathing that affects the swallowing of food. This procedure captures the complete movement of the food through the system.

Risks involved in the fibreoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing:

  • Discomfort

  • Nose bleeding

  • Vomiting

  • Spasm of vocal cords

Airway dilation

Airway dilation is the effective treatment for breathing difficulty caused by narrowing of the subglottis (lower part of the voice box) or trachea (windpipe). 

What happens during airway dilation?

The person may have to avoid food, drinks, and certain medications before the procedure. A thin long tube called an endoscope is inserted into the narrowed airway through the mouth. The balloon attached to the device is inflated to dilate the airway.

What are the risks involved in airway dilation?

  • Infection

  • Airway swelling

  • Bleeding

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