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Dysphagia

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 90–94 | Cite as

Preliminary observations on the effects of age on oropharyngeal deglutition

  • Julie F. Tracy
  • Jeri A. Logemann
  • Peter J. Kahrilas
  • Pothen Jacob
  • Mindy Kobara
  • Christine Krugler
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Abstract

Swallows of 4 bolus volumes (1, 5, 10, 20 ml) were examined in three groups of subjects: 6 subjects 20–29 years of age, 12 subjects 30–59 years of age, and 6 subjects 60–79 years of age. A simultaneous manometric and videofluoroscopic data collection protocol permitted measurement of bolus transit, temporal aspects of the oropharyngeal swallow, and pharyngeal peristalsis. Statistically significant effects of increasing bolus volume were oral transit of the bolus head (decreased) and duration of cricopharyngeal opening (increased). Five measures were significantly changed with increasing age: duration of pharyngeal swallow delay (increased), duration of pharyngeal swallow response (decreased), duration of cricopharyngeal opening (decreased), peristaltic amplitude (decreased), and peristaltic velocity (decreased).

Key words

Oropharyngeal swallow, volume Aging, effect on swallow volume Manometry Videofluoroscopy 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie F. Tracy
    • 1
  • Jeri A. Logemann
    • 1
  • Peter J. Kahrilas
    • 2
  • Pothen Jacob
    • 2
  • Mindy Kobara
    • 1
  • Christine Krugler
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Communication Sciences & DisordersNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Northwestern University Medical SchoolEvanstonUSA

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