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World J Otorhinolaryngol. May 28, 2013; 3(2): 35-41
Published online May 28, 2013. doi: 10.5319/wjo.v3.i2.35
Surface electromyography for diagnosing dysphagia in patients with cerebral palsy
Fan-Fei Tseng, Shu-Fen Tseng, Yu-Hui Huang, Chun-Ching Liu, Tung-Hua Chiang
Fan-Fei Tseng, Shu-Fen Tseng, Chun-Ching Liu, Maria Social Welfare Foundation, Taichung City 40346, Taiwan
Yu-Hui Huang, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung City 40201, Taiwan
Yu-Hui Huang, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung City 40201, Taiwan
Tung-Hua Chiang, Department of Neurology, Cheng Ching Hospital, Taichung City 40045, Taiwan
Author contributions: Tseng FF designed the study, wrote the protocol and the first draft of the manuscript; Tseng SF performed the research; Huang YH performed the research; Liu CC performed the research; Chiang TH undertook the statistical analysis, managed the literature searches and analyses.
Supported by Maria Social Welfare Foundation
Correspondence to: Tung-Hua Chiang, MD, Department of Neurology, Cheng Ching Hospital, No. 139, Pingdeng St., Taichung City 40045, Taiwan.
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Received: January 6, 2013
Revised: May 27, 2013
Accepted: May 27, 2013
Published online: May 28, 2013
Core Tip

Core tip: Surface electromyography (sEMG) parameters obtained using 2-channel recordings of submental and infrahyoid muscle activity differ significantly during swallowing between patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia (OPD) and cerebral palsy and healthy control individuals. These findings suggest that with further optimization and testing, 2-channel sEMG may be useful for the diagnosis of OPD in patients with cerebral palsy, as well as patients with other disorders.