Dysphagia pp 49-54 | Cite as

Feeding and Respiration

  • Olle Ekberg
  • Anna I. Hårdemark Cedborg
  • Katarina Bodén
  • Hanne Witt Hedström
  • Richard Kuylenstierna
  • Lars I. Eriksson
  • Eva Sundman
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


Coordination of breathing and swallowing is essential for normal bolus transportation through the pharynx and for protection of the airways. During passage of the bolus through the pharynx, respiration is interrupted. Normal swallowing occurs during the expiratory phase of breathing. Incoordination of the feeding respiratory pattern may lead to penetration of the bolus into the airways. This may cause choking, death, aspiration pneumonia, or chronic laryngitis.


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Functional Residual Capacity Total Lung Capacity Respiratory Drive Respiratory Neuron 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olle Ekberg
    • 1
  • Anna I. Hårdemark Cedborg
    • 2
  • Katarina Bodén
    • 3
  • Hanne Witt Hedström
    • 4
  • Richard Kuylenstierna
    • 5
  • Lars I. Eriksson
    • 2
  • Eva Sundman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic RadiologySkåne University HospitalMalmöSweden
  2. 2.Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care MedicineKarolinska University Hospital and Karolinska InstituteStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyKarolinska University Hospital and Karolinska InstituteStockholmSweden
  4. 4.Department of NeuroradiologyKarolinska University Hospital and Karolinska InstituteStockholmSweden
  5. 5.Department of OtorhinolaryngologyKarolinska University Hospital and Karolinska InstituteStockholmSweden

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