Swallowing and the Upper Esophageal Sphincter

  • Robert E. KramerEmail author


This chapter provides an overview of the normal mechanism of swallowing and the neurologic control of deglutition. The function of the upper esophageal sphincter is reviewed in the context of oropharyngeal dysphagia. A pediatric perspective is given regarding the etiology, assessment, and management of feeding and swallowing disorders.


Videofluoroscopy Cricopharyngeal Dysphagia Cerebral palsy Feeding problems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Digestive Health InstituteUniversity of Colorado/The Children’s HospitalAuroraUSA

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