FESST Test Results

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belljar1995
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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 12/22/2011 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, so I finally got the information on the FEEST test that I had in mid december. The report that the dr gave me said that I had "severe sensory impairment on both left and right side"--- so when I did my own research...all I could find was info on stroke victims and issues swallowing. So... anyway...in case anyone else has this test done--- I was told yesterday that sensory impairment findings are very common with the FESST because it is an overly sensitive test. Things that will aggravate the impairment include swelling...but even in normal subjects, sensory impairment is not that uncommon. A high degree of impairment does not necessarily mean that one will aspirate or that there are neurological issues affecting the swallowing.

If you do need the test--it just takes a few minutes and it does not hurt--- they put the scope in your nose and then into your throat and you might feel little bursts of air (not painful, just weird)--this is how they test for the airway protective reflexes (sensory deficit issue)--then you eat applesauce and drink/swallow with the scope (again it doesn't hurt)--it's all video-ed so you then review the results right then and there.

I did find that the anesthetic did feel a bit burning on my throat after the pain relieving properties wore off...but other than that..no problems

mock turtle
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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 12/22/2011 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
almost a barium swallow equivalent without the radiation?

seems to be better idea

seems to me you chose wisely

best wishes
mock turlte

belljar1995
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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 12/23/2011 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mock Turtle, well I had the barium too....the barium gives you the view of the esophagus--whereas this one really does not--but apparently if one does have swallowing issues--they can use this test as an intervention of sorts--- basically adjusting techniques that they monitor on the screen while you try them out. Since my swallowing issue seems to be due to severe swelling...there is not much I can do....so I didn't have this part of the test.
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