Instrumented Assessment of Oral Motor Function in Healthy Subjects and People with Systemic Sclerosis

Chiara Vitali, Cinzia Baldanzi, Francesca Polini, Angelo Montesano, Paola Ammenti, Davide Cattaneo

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to provide quantitative data of oral function in healthy subjects (HSs), validity of measurements and estimation of measurement bias, as well as quantify oral impairment in persons with scleroderma (SSc). 151 HSs and 12 subjects with SSc were recruited and assessed using instrumented tools, measuring maximal mouth opening; lip strength; and tongue strength, protrusion, retraction, and endurance. Twenty HSs were also retested 3–5 weeks later in order to assess the test–retest reliability of the measurements. Intraclass correlation coefficients proved to be satisfactory (>0.8) for both inter-rater and test–retest reliabilities of all measurements except for tongue retraction. In the HS group, maximal mouth opening and tongue and lips strength values were larger (P 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-295
Number of pages10
JournalDysphagia
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 17 2015

Keywords

  • Deglutition
  • Lips
  • Mouth
  • Oral motor function
  • Scleroderma
  • Tongue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Speech and Hearing

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