Pharyngeal fluid clearance and aspiration preventive mechanisms in sleeping infants.

@article{Pickens1989PharyngealFC,
  title={Pharyngeal fluid clearance and aspiration preventive mechanisms in sleeping infants.},
  author={D L Pickens and Georgia L Schefft and Bradley T. Thach},
  journal={Journal of applied physiology},
  year={1989},
  volume={66 3},
  pages={1164-71}
}
We sought to characterize ventilatory and airway protective responses to pharyngeal stimulation in young infants during sleep. We studied the various responses with respect to frequency of occurrence, effect of increased stimulus intensity, and relation of stimulus fluid to laryngeal structures. Two groups of infants were studied: healthy full-term infants (n = 5) and preterm infants with a history of prolonged apnea (n = 9). We used a nasopharyngeal catheter to deliver small boluses of warm… CONTINUE READING

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