Oropharyngeal dysphagia occurs commonly in individuals with neurological disease, head and neck cancer, or as a consequence of surgical intervention or illness. Individuals with dysphagia experience consequences including pneumonia, weight loss, dehydration, reduced quality of life and social isolation.
This clinic provides assessment of a patient’s oropharyngeal swallow and nutritional status by an interdisciplinary team of Speech-Language Pathologist and Registered Dietitian. Consultative management of oropharyngeal dysphagia and associated nutritional issues is also provided. Counselling and education provides knowledge that is critical for a patient’s self-management. Assessment results can be beneficial in determining differential diagnosis.
Referrals are accepted from a UHN physician for any patient that is seen through a UHN clinic. Outside referrals are not accepted.
Patients are scheduled for assessment on a first come first serve basis. However, if your patient needs immediate, urgent care, please indicate so on the referral, as well as the reason.
Referrals can be submitted in written form, using a generic consultation request form. Referrals should specify a request for videofluoroscopic swallow study, and provide pertinent history/reason for referral. Referrals can be faxed to 416 603 5318, attention “Swallowing Clinic”.
The patient will be contacted directly with an appointment. Appointment information can also be provided to the referring physician upon request.
For questions or more information, contact the Swallowing Clinic at 416 603 5997.