Evidence-based recommendations on transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation for oropharyngeal dysphagia in adults. This involves electrically stimulating nerves in the throat or neck while the person swallows.

August 2018: NICE is updating this guidance (see the guidance in development page for information). The NHS should continue to follow the recommendations in this guidance until the update is complete.

Coding and clinical classification codes for this guidance:

A70.7 Application of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator

Z92.3 Neck NEC

Code Y70.3 First stage of staged operations NOC or Y71.1 Subsequent stage of staged operations NOC may be assigned after A70.7 if performed as a staged procedure during separate attendances.

In addition ICD-10 code R13.X Dysphagia is assigned.


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