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Dysphagia

, Volume 28, Issue 4, pp 511–519 | Cite as

Effects of the Mendelsohn Maneuver on Extent of Hyoid Movement and UES Opening Post-Stroke

  • Gary H. McCulloughEmail author
  • Youngsun Kim
Original Article

Abstract

The Mendelsohn maneuver, voluntary prolongation of laryngeal elevation during the swallow, has been widely used as a compensatory strategy to improve upper esophageal sphincter (UES) opening and bolus flow. Recent research suggests that when used as a rehabilitative exercise, it significantly improves duration of hyoid movement and positively impacts duration of UES opening (DOUESO). The data presented here were derived from that same prospective crossover study of 18 participants with dysphagia post-stroke evaluated with videofluoroscopy after treatment using the Mendelsohn maneuver versus no treatment. Results demonstrate gains in the extent of hyoid movement and UES opening and improvements in coordination of structural movements with each other as well as with bolus flow.

Keywords

Deglutition Deglutition disorders Stroke Rehabilitation Mendelsohn maneuver 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research was conducted by NIH NIDCD Grant R03 DC04942-01A2.

Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication Sciences and DisordersUniversity of Central ArkansasConwayUSA
  2. 2.School of Hearing, Speech and Language SciencesCollege of Health and Human Sciences, Ohio UniversityAthensUSA

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