Feeding and respiration

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter


Coordination of breathing and swallowing is essential for normal bolus transportation through the pharynx and for protection of the airways. During passage of the bolus through the pharynx, respiration is interrupted. Normal swallowing occurs during the expiratory phase of breathing. Incoordination of the feeding respiratory pattern may lead to penetration of the bolus into the airways. This may cause choking, death, aspiration pneumonia, or chronic laryngitis.


  • Olle Ekberg
  • Anna I. Hårdemark Cedborg
  • Katarina Bodén
  • Hanne Witt Hedström
  • Richard Kuylenstierna
  • Lars I. Eriksson
  • Eva Sundman
External organisations
  • Skåne University Hospital
  • Karolinska University Hospital
  • Karolinska Institutet
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Otorhinolaryngology
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDysphagia
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2017 Apr 13
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMedical Radiology
ISSN (Print)0942-5373
ISSN (Electronic)2197-4187