Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)

Our multidisciplinary Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) service provides comprehensive evaluation and management of children with swallowing problems such as dysphagia​ and choking on food. In addition to our own ear, nose and throat specialists, experts in speech-language pathology collaborate on evaluation and treatment plans for our patients.

A FEES study is a test of swallowing that may be recommended when there is concern for aspiration. A FEES study is completed with a speech-language pathologist and otolaryngologist (ear-nose-throat doctor). A very small camera is inserted through the nose to directly view your child's throat and larynx when eating. The speech-language pathologist and doctor can see if and when aspiration occurs, and will make recommendations at that time. This test is completed in the otolaryngologist’s office and does not require the use of radiation.