The Neural Control of Oropharyngeal Somatosensation and Taste: A Review for Clinicians Sensory input mechanisms are important in facilitating and modulating swallowing responses through a complex neural network including both peripheral and central pathways. Adequate knowledge of this network is essential for clinicians assessing and treating sensory impairments in adult and pediatric patients with swallowing disorders. This article provides a brief but ... Article
Article  |   March 31, 2016
The Neural Control of Oropharyngeal Somatosensation and Taste: A Review for Clinicians
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Akila Rajappa
    Program of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Department of Biobehavioral Sciences, Teachers College, Columbia University, Manhattan, NY
  • Georgia A. Malandraki
    Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Financial Disclosure: Akila Rajappa is a doctoral student in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences, Teachers College, Columbia University. Georgia A. Malandraki is an assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University.
    Financial Disclosure: Akila Rajappa is a doctoral student in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences, Teachers College, Columbia University. Georgia A. Malandraki is an assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Akila Rajappa has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Georgia A. Malandraki has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Akila Rajappa has no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Georgia A. Malandraki has previously published in the subject area.×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Part 1
Article   |   March 31, 2016
The Neural Control of Oropharyngeal Somatosensation and Taste: A Review for Clinicians
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2016, Vol. 1, 48-55. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.48
History: Received August 10, 2015 , Accepted September 26, 2015
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, March 2016, Vol. 1, 48-55. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG13.48
History: Received August 10, 2015; Accepted September 26, 2015

Sensory input mechanisms are important in facilitating and modulating swallowing responses through a complex neural network including both peripheral and central pathways. Adequate knowledge of this network is essential for clinicians assessing and treating sensory impairments in adult and pediatric patients with swallowing disorders. This article provides a brief but comprehensive overview on oropharyngeal somatosensation and taste, and their neural underpinnings, in order to increase clinicians' understanding of this control and how it can be therapeutically modulated.

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