On Monday, we discussed the oral phase of the swallow. Today, we will discuss th…
On Monday, we discussed the oral phase of the swallow. Today, we will discuss the pharyngeal phase of the swallow.
During the pharyngeal phase, the vocal folds close to keep food and liquids from entering the airway. The larynx rises inside the neck and the epiglottis moves to cover it, providing even more airway protection. Food/liquid then enter the esophagus. On Friday, we will discuss the esophageal phase of the swallow.
If the pharyngeal phase is impaired, common symptoms include:
-Coughing before, during or shortly after swallowing
-A choking sensation
-Shortness of breath
-Changes in voice quality after swallowing
If you have any questions, please contact our speech therapy department!