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Dysphagia. 1993;8(3):259-65.

Volume accommodation during swallowing.

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Department of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois.


Bolus volume is an important modifier of the biomechanical events of the oropharyngeal swallow. The biomechanical events comprising a swallow can be divided into events associated with the reconfiguration of the pharynx into a swallow pathway and events associated with bolus transport from the oropharynx into the esophagus. Volume modification is achieved differently for the events of reconfiguration and propulsion. In the case of reconfiguration, a longer time is allocated to the process, as exemplified by sustained laryngeal elevation and hyoid excursion during larger volume swallows. On the other hand, in the case of bolus expulsion, volume accommodation is accomplished within the same period of time by utilizing increased vigor of expulsion. The result of deglutitive volume accommodation is a remarkably different fluoroscopic appearance of a small vs. a large volume swallow. The larger volume swallow seemingly takes longer and results in much more vigorous bolus expulsion than a small volume. However, this is more related to the bolus than the swallow.

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