Deglutition Swallowing

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Deglutition (Swallowing)

                           Figure 22.13a-c
Deglutition (Swallowing)

• Involves the coordinated activity of the tongue, soft
  palate, pharynx, esophagus and 22 separate muscle
• Buccal phase – bolus is forced into the oropharynx
• Pharyngeal-esophageal phase – controlled by the
  medulla and lower pons
   – All routes except the one into the digestive tract are sealed off
• Peristalsis moves food through the pharynx to the
infantile (or immature) swallow

has the following characteristics:
1. The jaws are apart, with the tongue between the gum
2. The mandible is stabilized mainly by contraction of the
   muscles innervated by the VII (seventh) cranial nerve and
   the interposed tongue;
3. The swallow is guided and to a great extent controlled by
   sensory interchange between the lips and the tongue
mature swallow

Usually, by 18 months of age, the following mature swallow
   characteristics are to be observed:
1. The teeth are together;
2. The mandible is stabilized by contraction of the
   mandibular elevators, these being primarily innervated by
   the trigeminal nerve;
3. The tongue tip is held against the palate above and behind
   the incisors;
4. There are minimal contractions of the lips during the
   mature swallow.
Theories of deglutition


1. Oral phase; the bolus is formed and transported
  under voluntary control to the pharynx;
2. Pharyngeal phase; following receipt of the bolus,
  the pharynx is activated to propel the food to the
3. Oesophageal phase; passage of bolus down the
  oesophagus to the stomach by oesophageal

• based on cinefluorographic, myometric and
  electromyographic studies, and considers that the
  act of deglutition is a total dynamic process. This
  is the currently accepted theory

Phases of the mature deglutition cycle
     1. Preparatory phase
     2. Oral phase
     3. Pharyngeal phase
     4. Oesophageal phase
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1. Preparatory phase

 • starts as soon as liquids are taken into the oral
   cavity or after the bolus has been masticated.
 • The liquid or bolus is position on the dorsum of
   the tongue, with the oral cavity sealed by the
   lip and the tongue.
 • The positioning of a liquid on the dorsum of the
   tongue before transporting it to the final
   swallow-preparatory position may be facilitated
   through suction created by moving the tongue
   posteriorly after a peripheral seal has been
   established within the cavity.
1. Preparatory phase

• A final characteristic is the stabilization of the oral
• 'Considerable pressure' is exerted between the
  teeth in the molar region as the lip is elevated to
  position the bolus in adult subjects, although it is
  apparent that in the predentition or mixed dentition
  phases, other mechanisms would need to be used
  for this purpose.
2. Oral phase

• introduced by the withdrawal of the soft palate from its rest
  position against the root of the tongue, where it is held by
  the tensor palati muscles.
• In this phase the soft palate moves upward and the tongue
  drops downward and backward.
• At the same time, the larynx and hyoid move upward.
• The elevation of the hyoid may actually be initiated as the
  bolus is positioned in the swallow-preparatory phase.
2. Oral phase

• These combined movements make a smooth path
  for the bolus as it is pushed from the oral cavity by
  the peristaltic-Iike action of the tongue.
• Solid food is actually pushed by the tongue,
  whereas fluids flow ahead of the lingual
• During this phase, the oral cavity maintains an
  anterior and lateral seal, and is stabilized by the
  muscles of mastication.
2. Oral phase

• When a large bolus is to be swallowed, most or all
  of it is moved into the preparatory position and is
  then neatly sectioned by the tongue in consecutive
  swallows until the oral cavity is empty.
3. Pharyngeal phase

• This phase begins as the bolus passes from the
  tongue through the fauces.
• The pharyngeal tube is raised and the
  nasopharynx sealed by closure of the soft palate
  against the posterior pharyngeal wall.
• Active participation of the pharynx is elicited by
  soft palate and bolus contact with the pharyngeal
  wall, an action which consists of an elevation of
  the entire
3. Pharyngeal phase

• pharyngeal tube and a sphincteric reduction in the lumen
  between the upper pharyngeal wall and soft palate.
• The hyoid and the base of the tongue move forward as
  both the tongue and the pharynx continue their peristaltic-
  like action on the food bolus.
• Passage of such a bolus through the pharynx during the
  mature swallowing is enhanced by an anterior movement
  of the hyoid and root of the tongue.
3. Pharyngeal phase

• Finally, there is an abrupt elevation of the larynx
  as the bolus reaches the laryngo-pharynx and, this
  is then followed by elevation of the floor of the
  laryngophary and opening of the oesophageal
4. Oesophageal phase

• This phase commences as soon as food passes
  the cricopharyngeal sphincter. While peristaltic
  movement carries the food through the
  oesophagus, the hyoid bone, soft palate and
  tongue return to their 'original positions'.
Deglutition (Swallowing)

                           Figure 22.13d, e

• Peristalsis:
   – Produced by a series of     Insert 18.4a
     localized reflexes in
     response to distention of
     wall by bolus.
• Wave-like muscular
   – Circular smooth muscle
     contract behind, relaxes
     in front of the bolus.
   – Followed by longitudinal
     contraction (shortening)
     of smooth muscle.
       • Rate of 2-4 cm/sec.
   – After food passes into
     stomach, LES constricts.

   • Most distensible part of GI tract.
     – Empties into the duodenum.
   • Functions of the stomach:
     – Stores food.
     – Initiates digestion of proteins.
     – Kills bacteria.
     – Moves food (chyme) into intestine.
Conclusion for swallowing
Oral Preparatory Phase

• tongue positions material on the teeth
• rotary lateral movement of the mandible and tongue during
• tongue moves the material back onto the teeth as the
  mandible opens
• after cycle is repeated numerous times, a bolus is formed
• during active chewing, the soft palate is not pulled down
  and forward and premature spillage is common and
  entirely normal
Oral Preparatory Phase
Pharyngeal Phase

• elevation and retraction of the velum and complete
  closure of the velopharyngeal to prevent passage
  into the nasopharynx
• elevation and anterior movement of the hyoid and
• closure of the larynx at the true vocal folds, the
  laryngeal entrance and the epiglottis to prevent
  material from entering the airway
Pharyngeal Phase
Second swallow

• A second swallow was needed to clear all the material
• 1/3 Teaspoon Ground Meat and 1/4 Cookie In this
  segment, please note:
• The rotary lateral movement of the mandible and tongue
• The formation of the bolus
• During chewing, the soft palate is not pulled down and
  forward and material falls into the pharynx partially before
  the pharyngeal phase is triggered
• Bolus size decrease with the viscosity of food; J.P.
  swallowed twice on the ground meat material
Second swallow
Control of deglutition
Control of deglutition

• 1 Speech Mechanism
• Physiological phonetics
• All sounds which come from the mouth and nose
  arethe result of interruptions and/or modifications
  of a stream of air moving from the lungs through:
     - trachea              - larynx
     - pharynx              - oral cavity
     - nasal cavity
4 speech process

        – respiration
        – phonation
        – resonation
        – articulation*

• structures of pharynx, nasal and oral cavity
• way of modifying airstream
• articulation = joining together of speech organs for
  production of phonemes

– supported by maxilla (upper jaw) and lower jaw
– Body function - receive and contain food
– Speech function - varied movement: rounded,
  tensed: obstruct air flow
• teeth
– body function - cut and grind food
– speech function - anatomical obstacle for lips or
• alveolar ridge (gum ridge of maxilla
– body function - none; houses teeth
– speech function - point of contact/constriction
• hard palate - bony structure posterior to alveolar
– body function - contain food in oral cavity
– speech function - point of contact; defines shape
  of oral cavity
• soft palate/velum - muscular structure posterior to
– body function - separate oral cavity and nasal
– speech function - direction of air flow -open/close
  vp port: point of contact
• tongue -major articulator/ muscle and mobile
– body function - direct food to back of oral cavity
– speech function - direction of air flow: contacts
other structures

: approximates other structures;
• changes size of oral cavity mandible
– body function - chewing
– speech function - change size of oral cavity
• Oral cavity
– from mouth opening to posterior wall of pharynx
  (posterior pharyngeal wall)
– body function: breathing, eating
– speech: channels airstream: contributes oral
• Nasal cavity - extends from nostrils (nares) to
• Pharynx
– posterior portion of nasal cavity down through
  back of oral cavity to larynx
– body function: breathing
– speech: contributes nasal resonance
• Vocal cords/folds
– in lateral walls of larynx
– body function: respiratory protection
– phonation
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