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Pressure-Specifying Sensory Device: quantitative sensory measurement in the oral cavity and oropharynx of normal adults.
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PMID:  14569703     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We conducted a study to quantitatively determine the pressure perception thresholds in the oral cavity and oropharynx of a normal population with the Pressure-Specifying Sensory Device (PSSD). The PSSD measured pressure perception thresholds for both static and moving one- and two-point discrimination modalities at a variety of sites in the oral cavity and oropharynx as well as in the forearm of 11 adults. We also evaluated the ability of the PSSD to enhance sensory discrimination in four of these subjects by the process of sensory re-education for 11 days over a 15-day period. We found that the buccal mucosa and the tongue tip were the most sensitive sites in the oral cavity and oropharynx and that the floor of the mouth and the soft palate were the least sensitive. Sensory discrimination in the oral cavity was enhanced in all four subjects who underwent sensory re-education, although it returned to baseline levels over time after re-education was discontinued. The degree of intra- and intertester variability was minimal. Our data can be used as an aid in the development of techniques to surgically restore sensation in the oral cavity and oropharynx.
Uttam K Sinha; John Rhee; Nelson Alcaraz; Mark L Urken
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ear, nose, & throat journal     Volume:  82     ISSN:  0145-5613     ISO Abbreviation:  Ear Nose Throat J     Publication Date:  2003 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-10-22     Completed Date:  2003-11-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7701817     Medline TA:  Ear Nose Throat J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  682-4, 687-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Sensory Thresholds

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