swallow test is essential for anybody who has had a stroke. A speech and language therapist or another trained professional will carry out your swallow test.

If you cannot swallow properly after a stroke, there is a risk that food and drink may get into your lungs (aspiration), which can lead to serious chest infections and pneumonia.

A test called a videofluoroscopy – a type of video X-ray of your swallowing action – can also help find out exactly what is causing your swallowing problems.

Your overall recovery will be better if you can start to eat and drink again, but in the meantime, you can receive food and drink through a tube. There are two types of tube:

  • a nasogastric (NG) tube which goes up your nose and down your throat into the stomach, and
  • a gastrostomy tube (PEG) which goes straight into your stomach.

If you have a tube fitted, it can be removed later on when you can swallow safely again.


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