Telemedicine needed to diagnose and treat dysphagia in COVID-19 patients, doctors say

Ideally, clinicians assess dysphagia through a clinical (bedside) evaluation and one of two standard tests: a videofluoroscopic swallow study or a flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing. However, during the pandemic, clinicians diagnosing and treating dysphagia in COVID-19 patients are putting themselves at risk by using these up close and physical techniques. Therefore, experts say, say it’s time to embrace telemedicine for dysphagia.


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