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Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 1998 Jun;31(3):397-404.

Anatomy and physiology of pediatric swallowing disorders.

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  • 1Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Pediatrics, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.


The anatomy and physiology of the act of swallowing is complex. Because the swallowing mechanism matures with age, it is important to understand this maturation process from neonate to older child to appreciate the impact of this changing physiology on pediatric swallowing disorders. This article reviews the relevant anatomy, neurologic control mechanism, and physiology of swallowing in neonates and children.

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