Effects of two breath-holding maneuvers on oropharyngeal swallow

Yukio Ohmae, Jeri A. Logemann*, Peter Kaiser, David G. Hanson, Peter J. Kahrilas

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This study quantified the effects of the supraglottic maneuver (SGM) and super supraglottic maneuver (SSGM) on laryngeal and pharyngeal movements before and during swallow. Simultaneous videofluoroscopic and videoendoscopic examinations of oropharyngeal swallowing were performed in eight healthy volunteers with and without maneuvers. Data analysis compared 1) temporal relationships of oropharyngeal events, 2) airway conditions at the time of selected oropharyngeal events, and 3) biomechanical computer analysis of swallowing events. Using these maneuvers, normal subjects produced earlier cricopharyngeal opening, prolonged pharyngeal swallow, some degree of laryngeal valving before swallow, and change in extent of vertical laryngeal position before swallow. These changes are more successful and maintained longer with the SSGM than the SGM. We concluded that breath-holding maneuvers alter not only airway conditions before swallow but also both the temporal relationships and biomechanical events during oropharyngeal swallow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-131
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1996


  • breath-holding maneuver
  • laryngeal closure
  • supraglottic swallow
  • swallow
  • videoendoscopy
  • videofluoroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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