Anatomy and Physiology of the Infant Swallow The increase in pediatric swallowing disorders is a result of the improved survival rates for prematurity and multiple medical conditions. Working with the pediatric population requires a broad knowledge base, including an understanding of the normal anatomy, physiology, and neurophysiology of a vast age spectrum ranging from the premature ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2001
Anatomy and Physiology of the Infant Swallow
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  • Lisa A. Newman
    University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
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Article   |   March 01, 2001
Anatomy and Physiology of the Infant Swallow
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2001, Vol. 10, 3-4. doi:10.1044/sasd10.1.3
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), March 2001, Vol. 10, 3-4. doi:10.1044/sasd10.1.3
The increase in pediatric swallowing disorders is a result of the improved survival rates for prematurity and multiple medical conditions. Working with the pediatric population requires a broad knowledge base, including an understanding of the normal anatomy, physiology, and neurophysiology of a vast age spectrum ranging from the premature infant through the young adult. The past decade has seen a proliferation of research in adult swallowing disorders. However, there has been limited research in pediatric dysphagia, which serves to guide us in our clinical practice. The purpose of this article is to provide a basic review of the infant swallow. An excellent article written by Jacki Ruark will delineate the various aspects of mastication and swallowing in the pediatric swallow.
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