Surgical anatomy and physiology of swallowing

Max Hennessy, David Goldenberg

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Abstract

Deglutition, the act of swallowing, is an extremely complex process involving approximately 50 pairs of muscles and nerves that are responsible for preparing and transferring food and liquids from the mouth to the stomach. A problem with any of these structures can lead to dysphagia and a decrease in the quality of life in patients suffering from it. To successfully diagnose and treat dysphagia, a thorough understanding of deglutition is essential. The anatomy and physiology of the swallowing process is reviewed as it pertains to operative approach and technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)60-66
Number of pages7
JournalOperative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

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Deglutition
Anatomy
Deglutition Disorders
Mouth
Stomach
Quality of Life
Food
Muscles

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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In: Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 27, No. 2, 01.06.2016, p. 60-66.

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