Sleep-related deglutition in children.

  title={Sleep-related deglutition in children.},
  author={Kiminori Sato and Tadashi Nakashima},
  journal={The Annals of otology, rhinology, and laryngology},
  volume={116 10},
OBJECTIVES Clearance of the pharynx by deglutition is important in protecting the airway. The pattern of deglutition during sleep was investigated in children. METHODS Ten normal human children (8.6 +/- 2.9 years) were examined via time-matched recordings of polysomnography and of surface electromyography (EMG) of the thyrohyoid and suprahyoid muscles. RESULTS During sleep, deglutition was episodic, and it was absent for long periods. The mean number of swallows per hour (+/- SD) during the… CONTINUE READING