Identification of Swallowing Patterns Associated with Dysphagia

UM Technology Enhanced Learning Project Description 

Normal Adult Swallow -1/3 Teaspoon Ground Meat and 1/4 Cookie

The subject is a 47 year old male with no history of swallowing problems.

This segment may be watched in 3 parts:

1. Oral Preparatory Phase

2. Pharyngeal Phase

3. A second swallow was needed to clear all the material

1/3 Teaspoon Ground Meat and 1/4 Cookie

In this segment, please note:

  • The rotary lateral movement of the mandible and tongue
  • The formation of the bolus
  • During chewing, the soft palate is not pulled down and forward and material falls into the pharynx partially before the pharyngeal phase is triggered
  • Bolus size decrease with the viscosity of food; J.P. swallowed twice on the ground meat material


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Special thanks to St.Mary's/Duluth Clinic (SMDC) Radiology and Speech Pathology departments for providing the videofluroscopy studies of the normal adult.