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Pharyngeal pressure generation during tongue-hold swallows across age.
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PMID:  21386045     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE: To compare the effects of the tongue-hold swallowing maneuver on pharyngeal pressure generation in healthy young and elderly research volunteers. METHOD: Sixty-eight healthy research volunteers (young N = 34: mean age: 26.8 years, SD 5.5; elderly N = 34: mean age: 72.6 years, SD 4.8; sex equally represented) performed five non-effortful saliva swallows and five tongue-hold swallows each. Amplitude and duration of pharyngeal pressure were investigated during both swallowing conditions with solid-state pharyngeal manometry at the level of the oropharynx, hypopharynx and upper esophageal sphincter (UES). RESULTS: At both pharyngeal levels, tongue-hold swallows produced lower peak pressure compared to saliva swallows. During tongue-hold swallows, UES relaxation pressure was increased in the elders, whereas the younger group displayed a trend toward reduced relaxation pressure. Elderly individuals produced pressure for longer during control swallows in the oropharynx and hypopharynx than young individuals. CONCLUSIONS: The tongue-hold maneuver affects oropharyngeal and hypopharyngeal pressure in the young and elders in similar ways, whereas effects on UES peak relaxation pressure differ between age-groups. Reduced pharyngeal peak pressure and increased UES relaxation pressure underscore the notion that tongue-hold swallows should not be performed when bolus is present. Long-term training effects remain to be investigated.
Sebastian H Doeltgen; Phoebe Macrae; Maggie-Lee Huckabee
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-8
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of speech-language pathology / American Speech-Language-Hearing Association     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1558-9110     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9114726     Medline TA:  Am J Speech Lang Pathol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Communication Disorders.
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