, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 8–11 | Cite as

Multiple swallows and piecemeal deglutition; Observations from normal adults and patients with head and neck cancer

  • James Dziadziola
  • Sandra Hamlet
  • Gina Michou
  • Lewis Jones


The incidence of multiple swallows for liquid and paste, and the time delay between multiple swallows, was determined from videofluoroscopic records of modified barium swallow tests. In a comparison of liquid and paste, the overall incidence of multiple swallows did not differ, for either patients with head and neck cancer or normal controls. However, for liquid swallows the incidence in patients with cancer was abnormally high, predominantly in patients with pharyngeal cancer.

Key words

Deglutition Deglutition disorders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Dziadziola
    • 1
  • Sandra Hamlet
    • 1
  • Gina Michou
    • 1
  • Lewis Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of OtolaryngologyHarper Hospital, Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyHarper Hospital, Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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