Supranuclear control of swallowing

Dysphagia. 2010 Sep;25(3):250-7. doi: 10.1007/s00455-009-9249-5.


Swallowing is an act requiring complex sensorimotor integration. Using a variety of methods first used to study limb physiology, initial efforts to study swallowing have yielded information that multiple cortical and subcortical regions are active participants. Not surprisingly, the regions activated appear to overlap those involved in both oral and nonoral motor behaviors. This review offers a perspective that considers the supranuclear control of swallowing in light of these physiological similarities.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Basal Ganglia / pathology*
  • Deglutition / physiology*
  • Deglutition Disorders / pathology*
  • Functional Laterality*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Nerve Net