Oropharyngeal swallowing after stroke in the left basal ganglion/internal capsule

Jeri A. Logemann*, Therese Shanahan, Alfred W Rademaker, Peter J Kahrilas, Richard Lazar, Anita S Halper

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One of the foci of Martin Donner's work was the neural control of swallowing. This present investigation continues that work by examining oropharyngeal swallowing in 8 patients identified with a single, small, left-basal ganglion/internal capsule infarction and 8 age-matched normal subjects. Stroke patients were assessed with a bedside clinical and radiographic swallowing assessment, and normal subjects received only the radiographic study. Results revealed disagreement between the bedside and radiographic assessments in one of the 8 stroke patients. Stroke and normal subjects differed significantly on some swallow measures on various bolus viscosities, but behaved the same as normal subjects on a number of measures. Differences in swallowing in the stroke subjects were not enough to prevent them from eating orally. The significant differences seen in the basal ganglia/intemal capsule stroke subjects may result from damage to the sensorimotor pathways between the cortex and brainstem. These differences emphasize the importance of cortical input to the brainstem swallowing center in maintaining the systematic modulations characteristic of normal swallowing physiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-234
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1993


  • Basal ganglia
  • Deglutition
  • Deglutition disorders
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Stroke
  • Swallowing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Speech and Hearing

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