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Contributions of the electromyography of needle for the study of swallowing in humans/Contribuicoes da eletromiografia de agulha para o estudo da degluticao em seres humanos.


The assessment of swallowing includes the use of specific clinical protocols and complementary tests, which aim to analyze the integrity of the structures involved in this mechanism. In addition to endoscopy and videofluoroscopy of swallowing, the literature indicates that Surface Electromyography (sEMG) and Intramuscular Electromyography (SMEI) as important tools in electrophysiological evaluation of this function [1-6].

Electromyography can be used for the diagnosis of neuromuscular diseases or trauma, and the kinesiological study of muscles in certain motor activities. Portney and Roy (2004) [7] differentiate clinical electromyography of kinesiological electromyography. In clinical EMG, performed by physicians, nerve conduction velocity tests are performed. While in kinesiological EMG, it is possible to study muscle function while performing specific tasks or therapeutic regimens [8].

The kinesiological EMG can be performed from surface electrodes, needle electrodes, the fine wire type or hook wire electrodes. SEMG has been widely studied and used by many researchers and health professionals, and corresponds to a non-invasive and without contraindications that aims to capture the electrical activity of muscles or muscle groups, from fixing surface electrodes on the skin parallel to the muscle fibers [2,3,9-11].

However, when studying the muscles of the face and neck by sEMG, there is a greater probability of crosstalk funding (activity of neighboring muscles), making the isolated assessment of certain muscles, in addition to the high variability within and between subjects, limiting analysis of electrophysiological findings [12,13]. The SMEI has a great advantage over the EMGs, by minimizing the capture activity from neighboring muscles and signal interference, secondary to the displacement between the electrode and the skin, in order, that the fixing is directly inside the muscle under study [14].

This technique is performed by physicians from the introduction of needle electrodes or fine Wire type set in the muscle membrane [14,15]. Thus, the aim of this review was to describe the contributions of SMEI, for the evaluation of swallowing in humans.


The research was conducted by three researchers. Two researchers (LB and MGWS) sought the data independently and blindly initially. The third researcher (OGL), established as a proofreader. It has been consulted in cases of doubt to establish agreement between ideas. Articles were included published in the last 15 years (1999-2013), with human beings of both sexes, whose sample was made up of children, youth, adults, healthy elderly subjects (without neurological sequelae). Articles were excluded if they did not use the data obtained from needle electromyography in swallowing evaluation, review articles and studies with animal models.

The search was carried out between April and March 2015. The descriptors were chosen according to the lists DeCS and MeSH. The list of DeCS descriptors were: Swallowing and electromyography. The MeSH list descriptors were: deglutition, Swallowing and electromyography.

Keywords were also used to extend the search (Figure 1). References of selected articles were analyzed for other studies, which could have been omitted from the electronic search. Banks portal Bireme data were used (Medline, Lilacs, IBECS, Scielo, Cochrane Library, and other banks that portal), the Pubmed, and bank Capes theses. The search strategy applied followed Castro recommendations et al. [16], Dickersin et al. [17] and the Cochrane Collaboration.

There were found 18 articles in PUBMED portal; three articles in BIREME portal and work on PERIODIC CAPES and no article in CAPES OF THESES BANK potentially relevant and were stored for analysis. Of the three selected items from PORTAL BIREME (one was repeated in the results of the survey in Pubmed portal), getting 18 articles of PUBMED, two articles of BIREME portal, and another article of Periodicos. Capes for analysis. Among the 21 articles analyzed, 16 were excluded for not meeting the inclusion criteria. After analyzing the results of the five articles that were selected, two were included. Finalizing the collection with the addition of seven articles: Vitti & Basmajian (1977) [18]; Ertekin et al. (2000) [19]; Ertekin et al. (2001) [20]; Baudon et al. (2002) [21]; Renault et al. (2011) [22]; Alkan et al. (2012) [23]; Inokuchi et al. (2014) [24] (Figure 2, Figure 3).


Analyzing the articles and the instrumentation used it was observed that only the items Ertekin (Ertekin et al. (2000) [19], and Ertekin et al. (2001) [20] and Alkan et al. (2012) [23], used a control group of subjects considered normal, while Baudon et al. (2002) [21] and Renault et al. (2011) [22] used recommended normal data for previous studies.

Only items Ertekin (Ertekin et al, 2000) [19] and Ertekin et al, 2001) [20] and Alkan et al. (2012) [23] described the filters that have been configured on the EMG machine, but did not report the sampling frequency, while Inokuchi et al. (2014) [24] reported only the sampling frequency (Table 1).

The lack of agreement among researchers, as to the most appropriate technical specification, hinders the replication of their studies and can lead to different results. Only two (Vitti & Basmajian (1977) [18] and Inokuchi et al. (2014) [24] used electrodes of the fine wire type or hook wire, although the most suitable in kinesiology studies because they cause less interference and discomfort to patients (Table 1).

Electromyography is used to assess the scope of diseases or traumas as well as a tool for studying kinesiological neuromuscular function. The kinesiological EMG aims to examine the function and/ or muscle performance, while performing specific tasks purposeful, or therapeutic regimens. For this, the therapist examines patterns of muscle response onset and cessation of activity, muscle fatigue and muscle response level in relation to the effort; type of muscle contraction and position. This type of test may be performed by surface electrodes for the study of superficial muscles and needle or thin wire electrodes (fine wire) for detecting the electrical activity of specific muscles and/or deep 7.

Few items with humans who have studied the electromyographic activity from needle electrodes or fine wire type during swallowing were found. In the search performed in the databases referred to above, seven articles were selected to describe the contributions of intramuscular electromyography for the evaluation of swallowing in humans. Tables 1 and 2 are important methodological information to those provisions.

EMGi's contributions to the study of swallowing in humans

Vitti & Basmagian (1977) [18]

Vitti & Basmagian (1977) [18] aimed to analyze comprehensively intramuscular myoelectric activity of muscles: temporal, masseter, medial pterygoid, anterior belly of the digastric, mylohyoid and geniohyoideous in "normal" individuals with bipolar type electrodes "fine wire" during jaw movements, chewing and swallowing. Evaluated 29 participants considered normal, with all the teeth in the oral cavity (Table 2).

As this review aims to describe the contributions of EMG i for evaluation of swallowing, the line of reasoning will focus on the results found in this function.

The data were analyzed according to the analog method of classification developed by Basmajian (1974), as follows: "O", no activity; "[+ or -]"-insignificant activity; " + "Slightly on," ++ ", moderate activity," + + + "very marked activity, and" + + + + "to marked activity.

Vitti & Basmagian (1977)18 studied the electrical activity in the following tests: saliva swallowing and swallowing a volume of water not described in the article. As a result, there was found that during saliva swallowing is the full participation of suprahyoid muscles, confirming the findings of Cunningham and Basmajian (1969) [25], Lehr et al. (1971) [26], and Hrycyshyn and Basmajian (1972) [27]. Marked activity occurred in the anterior belly of the digastric and the mylohyoid muscle, followed by moderate activity of the geniohyoid muscle.

The medial pterygoid was activated in 82% of the sample, with wide participation. In other muscles, the activity ranged from negligible to light. In the temporal muscle, the activity was present in 23-36% while the masseter in 55% of cases. The researchers believe that the activity observed in the temporal muscle, masseter and medial pterygoid is probably the result of contact of the posterior teeth when swallowing occurs, as shown in cinefluoroscopic studies [28].

This study analyzed the swallowing of water in three stages: 1-Sipping, 2- retaining water for 5 seconds and 3- swallowing. In the first phase, there is no activity in the temporal muscle, masseter and medial pterygoid. Potential insignificant was observed in the anterior belly of the digastric, mylohyoid and genius-hyoid, ranging between 46 and 64% of cases. This activity is probably a result of mild depression jaw, necessary to keep the glass of water between his lips.

During the second stage, holding the water in the oral cavity, all muscles remained electrophysiological silence. In the last phase, swallowing, it found the total activity in the anterior belly of the digastric, mylohyoid and genius-hyoid. Insignificant activities were observed in some cases, the anterior and posterior portions of the temporal and masseter muscles while in the medial temporal potential was inactive. On the other hand, the pterygoid muscle showed moderate activity in 86% of cases. Vitti & Basmagian (1977) [18] believe that this activity may occur to keep the posterior tooth contact.

It was mentioned in the methods as given in the command swallowing events. Only the results, the authors mention that the participants keep the glass of water between his lips to sip; however, that time is carried over? What volume of water administered? The authors also did not mention the sample filters and frequency programmed into the device.

The study by Vitti and Basmagian (1977) [18] back as a contribution demonstrating the EMG activation of muscles: the anterior digastric Venter, milohyolideous, geniohyoideous (suprahyoid muscles), medial pterygoid, masseter and temporal (muscles lifts the jaw) in different times of swallowing in humans.

Ertekin et al. (2000) [19]

Ertekin et al. (2000) [19] investigated the pathophysiology of dysphagia in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by clinical and electrophysiological measurements such as: larynx displacement from a piezoelectric sensor; electromyographic activity surface of suprahyoid muscles (EMG-MSH) and intramuscular electromyographic activity of the cricopharyngeal muscle (SMEI through needle electrodes) during swallowing of different water volumes (Table 1 and 2). As a result, they found that the activity of suprahyoid muscles in the dry swallowing (saliva) was significantly longer, while the larynx repositioning time remained within the normal range in patients with ALS.

The cricopharyngeal muscle of patients with ALS showed severe abnormalities during the voluntary swallowing, which, according to the authors, may be due to the delay in the opening of the upper esophageal sphincter and/or by premature closure of this sphincter; the total duration of opening was short, with unexpected bursts of motor units and the lack between the muscles lifts of the larynx and the opening of the upper esophageal sphincter was significant.

Ertekin et al. (2000) [19] concluded that there are two pathophysiological mechanisms in the dysphagia of it: the first concerns the delay or absence of triggering the reaction in pharyngeal voluntary swallowing; and preservation of activity in the reflex automatic swallowing; the second is related to the hypertonicity and hyperreflexivity of the cricopharyngeal muscle. The authors believe that this is due to the progressive degeneration of the fibers corticobulbars.

Ertekin et al. (2000) [19] brings as a contribution to a better understanding of the pathophysiologic characteristics of swallowing in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis with the analysis of electrophysiological parameters obtained from the semg of the supra-hyoid muscles, EMHi of needle of the cricopharyngeal muscle and the

establishment of a limit of dysphagia. What proves to be possible to identify changes in electromyographic activity during swallowing of patients with ALS and thus promote the therapeutic planning and systematic monitoring of the treatment and/or management in these cases.

Ertekin et al. (2001) [20]

The study by Ertekin et al. (2001) [20] aimed to show the existence and frequency of subclinical electrophysiological abnormalities in oropharyngeal swallowing in myotonic dystrophy, as well as to clarify the pathophysiological mechanisms in this disorder through the following findings: displacement of the larynx, from a piezoelectric sensor; electromyographic activity surface of suprahyoid muscles (EMG-MSH) and intramuscular electromyographic activity of the cricopharyngeal muscle (SMEI through needle electrodes) during swallowing of different water volumes (Table 1 and 2).

The electrophysiological behavior of the cricopharyngeal muscle was considered normal in eight patients with myotonic dystrophy. Of these eight, two were diagnosed with dysphagia, and six were considered non-dysphagia. The tonic activity of the cricopharyngeal muscle rest was off by 400 to 500 msec, while performing the raising and lowering of the larynx. In the five remaining patients, all with dysphagia, EMG cricopharyngeal muscle was considered pathological and showed clinical signs and symptoms suggestive of CNS involvement.

In this study, the examination of the cricopharyngeal muscle was considered normal in most patients with myotonic dystrophy with or without dysphagia. Although for about 40%, all with dysphagia, the electrophysiological examination of the cricopharyngeal muscle showed several abnormalities. During swallowing, early firing activity and silence recovery appeared in EMG and tended to be high amplitude and long duration. In three patients with congenital myotonia, EMG cricopharyngeal muscle was normal, both at rest and during swallowing. Ertekin et al. (2001) 20 concluded that the involvement of the CNS may contribute to the delay in the swallowing reflex shooting and abnormal EMG EES can identify dysphagia in this disease.

Ertekin et al. (2001) [20] bring as contributions, physiopathological features of swallowing in myotonic dystrophy, with the analysis of electrophysiological parameters obtained from the semg of the supra-hyoid muscles, EMHi of the cricopharyngeal muscle and the establishment of a limit of dysphagia. As Ertekin et al. (2000) [19], allows us to believe that the EMG can identify changes in muscle activity during swallowing of these patients and thus promote the therapeutic planning and systematic monitoring of the treatment and/or management by a speech.

Baudon et al. (2002) [21]

The aim of the survey of Baudon et al. (2002) [21] was to evaluate the motor dysfunction by manometry and electromyography of intramuscular needle, the genioglossus muscle and tireohioideous, during sucking and swallowing of newborn infants, with a result of Pierre Robin (SPR). These patients had upper airway obstruction and dysphagia disease (Table 1 and 2).

The EMG showed lack of sucking and swallowing in 24 of 28 patients. The riots were mild in six, moderate in six and severe in 12 patients. All patients demonstrated manometric disorders such as: relaxation is incomplete or assichronous of upper esophageal sphincter (15). Activity of the EES with wave multi-peaks (17), waves of amplitudes too high (14) and asynchronous relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter higher (19). The frequency of disturbances and mean blood pressures at rest of both: upper esophageal sphincter and less were significantly higher than in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease.

These results were obtained from the comparison of the data found in this study, with recommended normal data in previous studies by Renault & Raimbault (1992)29. These researchers, in the study entitled "Electromyographie faciale, linguale pharyngee et chez l'enfant: une methode d'etude des troubles de succion-deglutition et de leur physiopathologie" found the electromyographic activity from needle electrodes of the genioglossus muscles and tireohyoideous, to analyze the coordination between the suction and swallowing newborns considered normal.

They believed that the activity of the genioglossus is related to the suction process and the activity of the muscle tireohyodeous with swallowing. Baudon et al. (2002) concluded that the 21 manometry and EMG were able to identify malfunctions in the motor organization of the tongue, pharynx, and esophagus; even in the absence of clinical disorders in swallowing.

The identification from the SMEI, incoordination between the suction and swallowing found in the search Baudon et al. (2002) 21 has important contributions to the objective record of evaluation and management of patients with Pierre Robin Sequence. A lack of coordination between these two functions enhances the risk of penetration and aspiration of salivary content and/or feed.

Renault (2011) (22)

Renault (2011) (22) evaluated the relevance of EMG combined techniques in the evaluation and management of children with Pierre Robin sequence (SPR) from the needle electromyography of facial muscles, tongue, pharynx and larynx (Table 1 and 2); They followed 81 infants among them 57 with Pierre Robin sequence alone (SPRI) and 24 with Pierre Robin sequence associated (SPRA) (Table 2).

As a result, they found electrophysiological signs of neural impairment in facial muscles in 17 of 24 patients with Pierre Robin sequence associated. The soft palate muscles showed traces of low amplitude in 41.4% of patients who required two surgical steps to the soft palate repair; 18.5% of those who needed only one surgical step. In electrophysiological studies during bottle-feeding, patients with moderate or severe abnormality of oral coordination/pharyngeal required more prolonged enteral feeding, patients with mild abnormalities or regular coordination.

Neurogenic electromyographic signals were detected in at least one of the facial muscles or oral, for 17 of 24 patients with Spra, and one of 57 patients with SPRI (p <0.0001). Neurogenic signs were more frequently detected in the face and the soft palate, which in the language. Electromyographic signs of denervation of the facial muscles have been identified in the muscles of the tongue and soft palate in four patients.

Abnormal coordination patterns between sucking and swallowing were classified into three stages of severity, from, electromyography: (a) light: this suction, however, alternating between sucking and swallowing irregular; (B) Moderate: Suction present with synchronous or random pharyngeal phase; or (c) severe: the language did not perform the rhythmic sucking activity, and inactive or tonic pharyngeal phase. Renault et al. (2011), as well as Baudon et al. (2002) [21] compared their results with proposed normal data in previous studies, however, Renault et al. (2011) [22], cites Renault (2001) [30], as being the source of such data, and in fact, this article describes the facial electromyography in newborns and young infants with congenital facial weakness, which leads us to believe that failed to referencing these normal findings and it is likely, given the similarity in the studies and the authors, the normal data used by Renault et al. (2011) [22] are based on data obtained in Renault & Raimbault [29], as well as the study of Baudon et al. (2002) [21]

Renault et al. (2011) [22], bring relevant data to corroborate the results found by Baudon et al. (2002) 21 assisting the analysis and interpretation of electrophysiological data of the muscles involved in swallowing.

Alkan et al. (2012) [23]

The research of Alkan et al. (2012) [23] presented to analyze the relationship between the severity level of the gastroesophageal reflux, patterns of contraction and behavior of the cricopharyngeal muscle through the analysis of measures of electrophysiological cricopharyngeal muscle, from the intramuscular electromyography with electrode of needle. For this purpose, there were compared 24 patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease, with 21 healthy volunteers. The severity of reflux was diagnosed through endoscopy upper GI series, [24] and the application of the protocol Demeester score (Table 1 and 2).

The gastroesophageal reflux disease was mild in 15 patients and moderate to severe in nine patients. The record of the triggering of motor units was normal in both groups during the period pre-swallow/post-swallowing. The research kinesiological revealed that the number of patients who showed no shots of electromyographic activity during the period of pre-swallowing had a positive correlation with the severity of reflux and the quantity of liquid swallowed. Shots passed were observed in patients with reflux and in the control group. The duration of the pre-swallowing and the shots passed (rebound burst) was similar in all groups.

The duration of swallowing, corresponding to the period of silence, electrophysiological was shorter in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease lightweight, when compared to the group of healthy subjects, and the group with moderate dysphagia and severe. The swallowing in parts (piece meal deglutition) the volume of 10 ml was high in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease moderate to severe. Also, found a positive correlation of the number of swallowing with the severity of reflux.

Alkan et al. (2012) [23] concluded that electromyography of needle of the upper esophageal sphincter, was normal in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease. The ratings kinesiological, showed an increase in piecemeal deglutition and in the number of swallowing, and correlated, thus, positively correlated with the severity of reflux. And bring as contributions, important results on the electrophysiological behavior of the cricopharyngeal muscle during your rest and in swallowing in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Inokuchi et al. (2014) [24]

In this study, the researchers analyzed the electromyographic signal, picked up by fine-wire electrodes, during swallowing, to determine the typical sequence of activation of muscles involved in swallowing in normal subjects (no dysphagia). From their results, they determined the time of activation of the muscles (of the geniohyoid, anterior belly of the digastric, esternohyoideous and masseter) and compared these times between the different consistencies (Tables 1 and 2).

Considering the "onset" of of the geniohyoid muscle as reference (first moment of swallowing--0s), these researchers found that the intake of thickened liquids, the masseter, of the geniohyoid and anterior digastric belly, they were activated always simultaneously; while esternohyoideous muscle was activated later. With solid foods, the contraction of the masseter precedes the time of activation of of the geniohyoid muscle and anterior digastric belly, while the activation of the muscle was later esternohyoideous and lagging behind swallowing liquids.

The role of the masseter differs between solid and liquid food so that the change in its delay is expected. The timing contraction of of the geniohyoid muscles and anterior digastric belly was consistent with its important role in laryngeal elevation. The contraction of the muscle esternohyoideous was always after the other muscles studied both in swallowing liquids and solids.

This sequence confirms previous studies, which described the events related to swallowing. Initially, there is the closing of the mouth and jaw stabilization by the action of the levator muscles of the jaw (masseter among them). Then the suprahyoid muscles (especially genius-hyoid and digastric anterior belly) move the hyoid bone, upper and above. This action facilitates the clearance of the mouth by the action of the tongue and opening of the upper esophageal sphincter. Finally, infrahyoid muscles, represented by esternohyoideous, pull the hyoid bone inferiorly and subsequently providing their return to resting position characterizing the end of swallowing [31,32].

Inokuchi et al. (2014) [24] found that the pattern of activation of the hyoid muscles during swallowing food consistencies of the different supports the concept of the central pattern generator to the pharyngeal swallowing (Table 2).

In this article, the authors did not mention what was offered in liquid consistency thickened, and also not mentioned the band pass filter set in electromyography equipment. The absence of such information can hamper the realization of this protocol in other studies; besides the fact that different methodologies may lead to different results.

However, it can be considered that the study confirms the findings of different researchers and brings as contributions activation sequence of muscles involved in swallowing. This information can come to help the electrophysiological evaluations, with in-coordination identification muscle activation that would result in deficits in oral motor control and risk of penetration and/or aspiration of food content, requiring further research to validate the results.

In the past, the needle electromyography was quite used to further the understanding of the electrophysiological behavior of muscles involved in swallowing and to be quite uncomfortable, most studies have been conducted in animal models.

These studies are not recent; the first survey was conducted by Doty and Bosman in 195633. In this study, the electromyographic during swallowing was observed in 22 muscles of the mouth area, pharynx and larynx of monkeys, dogs and cats through electromyography needle (cooper wire type electrodes).

These scholars have identified a complex of muscles that considered key to the mechanism of swallowing, they are: higher pharyngeal constrictor, palatopharyngeal, palatoglossus, posterior intrinsic muscles of the tongue, styloglossus, stylohyoid, genius-hyoid and mylohyoid. Surprisingly, different from that found in the study of Vitti and Basmajian (1977) 18, Doty and Bosman (1956) [33] found electrophysiological silence of digastric and sternohyoideous muscles, besides the previous sternothyreoid and intrinsic muscles of the tongue of cats and dogs during swallowing. Thexton (2007) [34] recreated the study Doty and Bosman (1956) [33] evaluating swallowing eight young pigs from the radiographic simultaneous study the electromyographic examination, carried out with the hook type electrodes (fine wire) 16 muscles and get results that approached the description by Doty and Bosma, identifying a main complex of muscles involved in this mechanism. However, the mylohyoid muscle has not been activated early on in relation to the other and of the geniohyoid muscle there was not part of this complex. Some classically considered inactive muscles showed active in the pharyngeal phase of swallowing, including the digastric.

There is disagreement on the results of these studies which may be related to methodological differences, such as equipment specifications, different contents and volumes offered, various samples (different animal species with a variation in the thickness and length of the studied muscles) and including the limitations imposed by own method of analysis. However, it is notorious and devoted the importance of mylohyoid muscles, of the geniohyoid and anterior digastric belly swallowing humans, acting synergistically and jointly. The mylohyoid raises hyoid bone, the floor of the mouth and tongue and plays an important role in the early stages of swallowing. The anterior belly of the digastric directs the hyoid bone up and forward and of the geniohyoid muscle also acts on the rise and the hyoid anteriorly swallowing [35].


The selected articles make important contributions to the understanding of the electrophysiological behavior and electrophysiological during the mechanism of swallowing, and it is believed that the lack of research using intramuscular EMG for analysis of swallowing in humans should be the trouble and risks caused by the introduction of needle into the muscle belly and maybe the introduction of a thin wire (fine wire or wire cooper) is more interesting for the aid diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders and nerve that compromise swallowing, the ability to dramatically reduce the annoyance caused by the needle.

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Luciana Rodrigues Belo (1)

Silvio Vasconcelos (2)

Maria das Gracas Wanderley de Sales Coriolano (3)

Nadja Asano (4)

Amdore Guesel Asano (5)

Otavio Gomes Lins (1)

(1) Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, UFPE, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.

(2) Real Hospital Portugues, RHP Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.

(3) Departamento de Anatomia da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, UFPE, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.

(4) Departamento de Medicina Clinica da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, UFPE, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.

(5) Ambulatorio de Neurologia do Hospital das Clinicas da Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, HC/UFPE, Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil.

Source: Bolsa REUNI

Conflict of interest: non-existent

Received on: March 12, 2015

Accepted on: July 11, 2016

Mailing address:

Luciana Rodrigues Belo

Rua Abel de Sa Bezerra Cavalcanti, 161, apt 601, Casa Amarela


CEP: 52051-270


Caption: Figure 1. Descriptors used in the search. Bold the DeCS/MeSH descriptors list.

Caption: Figure 2. Search and selection of articles: Pubmed, Bireme and Capes theses database.

Caption: Figure 3. Represents the number of articles found in each block, and the number of items that were analyzed after the crossroads of Information in common among the articles; the intersection of three sets.

Table 1. Technical specifications of electromyography.

                                  Ertekin et al,      Ertekin et al,
                                     2000 [18]           2001 [19]

Muscles                          -Movement of the     -Movement of
                                      larynx            the larynx
                                       -MSH                -MSH
                                 -Cricopharynxeous   -Cricopharynxeous

                 Electrodes       Bipolar surface     Bipolar surface
                                   and electrode     and electrode of
                                     of needle       needle (DMC-37).

Technical        Filter            Band-pass of        Band-pass of
Specifications                     100 Hz-10kHz,       100 Hz-10kHz,
                                   amplificado,         amplified,
                                   retificado e       retificated and
                                     integrado          integrated.

                 Sample           Does not refer      Does not refer

                 Other                Sensor              Sensor
                 integrated       Piezoelectric:      Piezoelectric:
                 resources            filter         Filter band-pass
                                    band-pass:         of 0.01-20 Hz
                                    0.01-20 Hz

Associated tests

Parameters electrophysiological        -TRL            -Coordination
                                        -DD             between the
                                       -TRDD            sucking and
                                   -VD (jitter)         swallowing.
                                   -A EMG of MSH

                                  Baudon et al,    Renault et al,
                                    2002 [20]         2011 [21]

Muscles                           -Genioglossus     -Orbicular of
                                 -Tireohioideous      the eyes
                                                    -Elevator of
                                                      the velum

                 Electrodes         Monopolar        Concentric
                                   concentric       needle (25 mm
                                     needle        30 of caliber)

Technical        Filter
Specifications                   Does not refer    Does not refer

                 Sample          Does not refer    Does not refer


Associated tests                    Manometry

Parameters electrophysiological     -Maximum       -Moments of the
                                  Amplitude of      beginning of
                                    suction;           muscle
                                  -Coordination      activation
                                   between the         (onset)
                                   sucking and

                                  Inokuchi et al,       Alkan et al,
                                     2014 [22]           2012 [23]

Muscles                           -Geniohioideous         -Muscle
                                  -Anterior belly     cricopharynxeous
                                   of digastric

                 Electrodes        Hook wire 40           Bipolar
                                 gauge and needle        concentric
                                    with 27 de          needle of 26
                                  caliber of 12,5          gauge.
                                  mm, hypodermic
                                 and sterile. And
                                     used the
                                  retificated and

Technical        Filter
Specifications                    Does not refer         Band-pass

                 Sample             1,5 a 3 Khz        Does not refer


Associated tests                 VF: Exposition de
                                   5 min a 90 KV

Parameters electrophysiological         -DD
                                        -PD          -Electromyographic
                                       -PPD              amplitude
                                      -No. D

EMG: Electromyography; Hz: Hertz; kHz: Kilohertz; mm: mm; EMGi:
intramuscular Electromyography; KV: Kilovolt; microvolts: microvolts;
TRL-Time for the repositioning of the larynx; DD-Duration of
swallowing; TRDD-Time for carrying out the shooting of swallowing;
VD-variability of swallowing (jitter); AEMG: EMG Amplitud; MSH:
supra-hyoid Muscles; LD: dysphagia limit; PD: Peace meal deglutition;
PPD: Presence of pre-swallowing; DPD: length of pre-swallowing; Dr:
Shots passed; Paragraph (D): number of swallows.

Table 2. Methodological characteristics of selected articles of

                Vitti & Basmajian,        Ertekin et al,
                     1977 [18]              2000 [19]

Title          Integrated action of      Fisiopatololicos
                  the muscles of          mechanisms of
                   mastication:             dysphagia
              simultaneous EMG eight      orofaringea in
                   intramuscular           Amyotrophic
                    electrodes               Lateral

Objective     Analyse comprehensively    Investigate the
                  the myoelectric       pathophysiological
               activity of masseter,      mechanisms of
              temporal intramuscular,    dysphagia in her
              medial pterygoid, belly    through clinics
              of the digastric, milo-          and
                hioideo and genius-     eletrofisiologicas
                hioideo muscles in           measures
                 normal subjects "

Population/   29 healthy adults/20-47        43/36-72
Age                    years            years-50/30 SHE-75

Sample        The sample was composed     The sample was
               of healthy subjects.      composed of two
                   There was no           main groups-1:
                   comparisons.         GND, 2: GD. The GD
                                            group was
                                         subdivided into:
                                        subject with SCPD,
                                          SCBI and SCBP

               Intake of water: (a)      -Swallowing test
                sipping water; (b)      of growing volumes
Tests         water retention in the       of water-LD-
              mouth for 5 seconds (c)     swallowing dry
                    swallowing            test (saliva)

Used tools      -EMGi with bipolar       -Laringeo Sensor
                electrode type fine     (pie-zoeletrico);
                wire EMG graduation      -Songs-EMGi with
                method proposed by       needle electrode
                 Basmajian (1974)

                 Ertekin et al,        Baudon et al,
                   2001 [20]             2002 [21]

Title         Electrophysiological   Motor dysfunction
                 assessment of           of upper
                 oropharyngeal        digestive tract
                 swallowing in         in the Pierre
              myotonic dystrophy.     Robin Sequence
                                       evaluated by
                                     of swallowing and

Objective      Show the existence      Evaluate the
                and frequency of     motor dysfunction
                  sub-clinical       in children with
                abnormalities in      PRS that upper
                 oro-pharyngeal           airway
              swallowing and sort       obstruction
               the mechanisms of     manifestamvam and
               dysphagia in DM by       congenital
                      EMG.              dysphagia.

Population/    18/19-66 years-30     28-babies to term
Age                 DM/25-65         (15 to 45 days)-
                  years-normal        SPR 16-under 3
                                      months of age-
                                       infants with
                                       reflux (GERD)

Sample           The sample was       The sample was
                 composed of 4         composed of 3
                   groups: 1:         groups. 1: ADR
                 disfagico, 2:        and absence of
               disfagico, 3: not     dysphagia; 2: ADR
              with symptoms of CNS    and presence of
                involvement, 4:          dysphagia
               showing congenital    requiring VA and
                myotonia for the        3: PAIR and
              study of the effects      presence of
                  of myotonia.        dysphagia with
                                          use of

                 Swallowing of         -The suction
               growing volumes of     swallowing EMG
Tests         water of 1,3, 5, 10,    the baby sucked
                15 and 20 ml-LD        water from a
                                        bottle (for
                                       between the 3
                                     groups with SPR);
                                        -For dried
                                      degluticos was
                                         asked 10
                                       manometry (to
                                      compare the PRS
                                     group with babies
                                        with GERD).

Used tools      -Laringeo Sensor       -Needle EMGi-
               (pie-zoeletrico);        esophageal
                -Songs-EMGi with        Manometry.
                needle electrode

               Renault et al,         Alkan et al,
                  2011 [22]            2012 [23]

Title          Facial, lingual    Electrophysiological
               and pharyngeal         findings of
              electromyography    cricofaringeo muscle
              in children with      in patients with
                Pierre Robin        gastroesophageal
                  sequence           reflux disease

Objective        Assess the           Analyze the
              relevance of the    relationship between
                  combined            the level of
              techniques of EMG   severity of GERD and
              in evaluation and   contraction patterns
                management of     and behavior of DBM
              children with SPR   through analysis of
                                    measures of this

Population/   81/babies at the      24 patients with
Age           end of the first     GERD/age less than
              month showing the   60 years 21 healthy
                     SPR           subjects/age below
                                        60 years

Sample         The sample was        The sample was
              composed of three    composed of three
               groups: 1: ADR       groups: Group 1:
               and DT with AOL      healthy Group 2
              before a month of    participants: GERD
              born, 2: ADR, but      take Group 3:
              with DD, 3: with     moderate to severe
                 COUPLE that              GERD
                 prevent any
               attempt of AVO
               and present DD.

                -Weeping and      -swallowing dry 3 ml
Tests             suction;          of water-5 ml of
                  -Flashing       water-10 ml of water
               swallowing and
               sucking, while
              baby sucks water
               from a bottle.

Used tools      -Needle EMGi       -EMGi with needle-
                                      electrode pH
                                    Demeester score-
                                     Endoscopy high

                   et al,
                  2014 [24]

Title         Electromyography
                of swallowing
                  fine wire
                electrodes in
               humans healthy:
                activation of
              muscles hioideos

Objective      Analysis of the
                signal during
                swallowing to
                determine the
               typical muscle

Population/   Thirteen healthy
Age                adults/
                22 [+ or -] 4

Sample         The sample was
                 composed of
              healthy subjects.
              Comparisons were
              made between the
              consistencies and
               muscles tested

                 -10 ml of a
Tests         liquid thickened
              -6 g banana; -6 g
                   of tofu
              consistent-6 g of
                 a "cookie"

Used tools    -EMGi with hook-
               wire electrode-

ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; DM: muscular dystrophy; SPR:
Sequence of Pierre Robin; EMG: Electromyography; GERD:
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease; ml: ml; CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM:
central nervous system; EES: Upper esophageal sphincter; LD: Limit of
dysphagia; SEMG: Surface Electromyography; EMGi: intramuscular
Electromyography; VF: Videofluoroscopy; MCF: cricopharyngeal; DPFC:
progressive degeneration of the fibers corticobulbars; GND-Group not
with dysphagia; GD--group with dysphagia; SCPB-PSEUDOBULBAR concern;
SCBI -subjects with inferior bulbar concern; SCBP--individuals with
bulbar commitment and pseudobulbar; VA--track alternative ADR absence
of respiratory disorders; DT ; AOL -oral feeding freedom; ADR-
absence of respiratory disorders, DD-lasting dysphagia; pair-
presence of respiratory changes; AVO-oral feeding; DS: swallowing of
saliva; SAC: drinking water from glass; STRAW: holding the water in
the oral cavity; From: swallowing of water; MPM: muscles of the soft
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