Physiology of Swallowing and Esophageal Function Tests


Swallowing is the continuous process of deglutition from placement of the food in the mouth, its manipulation in the oral cavity, and its passage through the oral cavity, pharynx, and esophagus until it enters into the stomach. It is a complex process involving the muscular and neurological system. The mechanism of swallowing has been divided into three phases [1, 2]:


Lower Esophageal Sphincter Soft Palate Hyoid Bone Topical Anesthesia Food Bolus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ENTex-PD Hinduja Hospital and AJBM ENT HospitalMahim, MumbaiIndia
  2. 2.ENTDr. L.H. Hiranandani HospitalPowai, MumbaiIndia

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