Ultrasound examination of swallowing disorder characteristics in patients with oncopathology of the oral cavity


  • A. O. Kushta National Pirogov Memorial Medical University, Vinnytsia, Ukraine, Ukraine




diagnostic ultrasound, swallowing, dysphagia, malignant neoplasms


The aim of the study was to compare the dynamics of oral and oropharyngeal muscles contraction during swallowing in normal individuals and in patients with malignant tumors depending on the clinical disease using ultrasound.

Materials and methods. The study included 29 patients aged 38–55 years (men), normtrophic, who were treated in the Department of Head and Neck Tumors of Podolsk Regional Oncology Center for malignant tumors of the tongue, floor of the mouth and oropharynx. Among them, there were 12 patients with cancer of the lateral tongue surface, 9 - with oral mucosa cancer and 8 – with tongue base cancer. Scanning was performed in the sagittal and frontal planes with a 7.5 MHz sensor in two modes (B and M) at rest and during swallowing in several stages on the TOSHIBA device (Model USDI-A500A/EL; Serial No. ELA14Z2082). B-mode was the main one in all the studied areas where one image frame was vertically lined up. The swallowing act was assessed in M-mode (a length of the axial movement). The obtained indicators were compared with the normal ones.

Results. The work was carried out to verify the musculoskeletal complex involved in the act of swallowing. Measurements of several indicators were performed revealing a violation of the swallowing act, namely a decrease in indicators in the longitudinal and lateral examination of the sublingual muscle group in B-mode and M-mode in patients diagnosed with cancer of the tongue base and mucosa of the mouth floor. In addition, a deviation and displacement of the musculoskeletal complex to the healthy contralateral side with preserved muscle function in patients diagnosed with the lateral tongue surface cancer was revealed by M-mode ultrasound of the swallowing act.

Conclusions. In patients with malignant tumors of the lateral tongue surface, the longitudinal examination of the sublingual muscle group in B-mode ultrasound showed decreased indicators by 7 % and in the lateral projection of the anterior belly of the digastric muscle in M-mode – by 3.5 times. In tongue base cancer, the mentohyoid distance was merely 4 mm reduced during the act of swallowing, and in the longitudinal projection of the sublingual muscle group - by only 5 %. In oral mucosa cancer, there was the lowest reduction in the mentohyoid distance, about 4 mm when swallowing, (in healthy people 8–12 mm) and decreased indicators in longitudinal examination of the sublingual muscle group by 8 % in B-mode, in lateral M-mode ultrasound – by 2 mm.

Author Biography

A. O. Kushta, National Pirogov Memorial Medical University, Vinnytsia, Ukraine

MD, PhD, Associate Professor of the Department of Surgical Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery


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How to Cite

Kushta, A. O. . (2021). Ultrasound examination of swallowing disorder characteristics in patients with oncopathology of the oral cavity . Zaporozhye Medical Journal, 23(2), 236–241. https://doi.org/10.14739/2310-1210.2021.2.228776



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