Deglutitive oral pressure phenomena

Robert Siwiec, Reza Shaker

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Intra-oral deglutitive pressure phenomena has been the topic of fewer studies compared to the other members of swallowing apparatus. Available studies mostly focus on swallow-induced and non-swallow-induced pressures generated by the tongue. They also address the effect of gender and age but rarely the effect of disease on lingual pressure. Available studies, have described the existence of an infra-lingual pressure phenomenon generated by apposition of the muscles of the fl oor of the mouth and the inferior/ventral surface of the tongue, as well as the supra lingual pressure phenomenon developed by sequential contact of the dorsum of the tongue with the hard palate generating the deglutitive lingual peristalsis that propels the bolus into the pharynx. Deglutitive activities of the base of the tongue contribute to the swallow related pharyngeal pressure phenomenon and is covered elsewhere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrinciples of Deglutition: A Multidisciplinary Text for Swallowing and its Disorders
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781461437949, 9781461437932
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Deglutitive oral pressure phenomena
  • Infralingual pressure
  • Oral pressure complex
  • Supralingual pressure
  • Taltic lingual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Siwiec, R., & Shaker, R. (2013). Deglutitive oral pressure phenomena. In Principles of Deglutition: A Multidisciplinary Text for Swallowing and its Disorders (pp. 133-136). Springer New York.