CSD 5200

Aspiration (Logemann, fig 3-11 to 3-14)

Aspiration is a generic term refering to the action of material penetrating the larynx and entering the airway below the true vocal folds. Purpose of swallowing evaluation is to define the reason for the presence of aspiration.

Aspiration may occur under several circumstances

Necessary to identify those defects in oral, pharyngeal, or laryngeal structure or function that cause the particular type of aspiration. Treatment is then directed at the cause of the problem, rather than at the result (the aspiration).

Videofluroscopic Study - Information from videofluoroscopic study used to:

  • define anatomic and.or neuromuscular dysfunctions present in pt's swallow
  • determine whether pt should be by mouth or not, and if so, the consistency of foods to be given.
  • plan direct or indirect treatment appropriate for the specific swallowing disorders.

Penetration - is a generic term refering to the action of material penetrating the larynx and entering the airway above the true vocal folds.