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, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 323–333

First Online: 03 September 2010Received: 08 December 2009Accepted: 14 August 2010


Over the past 20 years, research on the physiology of swallowing has confirmed that the oropharyngeal swallowing process can be modulated, both volitionally and in response to different sensory stimuli. In this review we identify what is known regarding the sensory pathways and mechanisms that are now thought to influence swallowing motor control and evoke its response. By synthesizing the current state of research evidence and knowledge, we identify continuing gaps in our knowledge of these mechanisms and pose questions for future research.

KeywordsDeglutition Deglutition disorders Sensation Sensory pathways Physiology  Download fulltext PDF

Author: Catriona M. Steele - Arthur J. Miller


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