A clinical and research protocol was developed to compare the sensitivity and clinical value of videofluoroscopy with the traditional bedside clinical evaluation in the evaluation of children’s swallowing dysfunction. The bedside and videofluoroscopic evaluations of 33 children were reviewed retrospectively. Our findings indicated that recommendations for feeding changed for 14 of the children as a result of the information gained from the videofluoroscopic evaluation. The results suggest that videofluoroscopy provides therapists with more objective evidence than a bedside evaluation for determining the etiology of swallowing dysfunction and directing the management or treatment of this dysfunction.
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