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Revista CEFAC

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SANTOS, Catarina Matos Brito; CANSANCAO, Vanessa de Oliveira; PERNAMBUCO, Leandro de Araújo  e  SILVA, Hilton Justino da. Morphofunctional characteristics of the oropharyngeal tract in bulimia: review of literature. Rev. CEFAC [online]. 2010, vol.12, n.2, pp.308-316. ISSN 1982-0216.

BACKGROUND: deglutition and bulimia. PURPOSE: to submit and discuss the scientific research concerning oropharyngeal characteristics related to deglutition in patients with purging type bulimia nervosa. CONCLUSIONS: bulimia nervosa entails a series of changes in structures and functions that compose the oropharyngeal tract, such as dental erosion, hypersensitivity, weakness and fracture of the teeth, occlusion problems, caries, periodontal diseases, intraoral desensitization, hypogeusia, ulceration, granulomas, angular cheilitis, enlargement of the parotid glands, coughs and odynophagia. There is a prevalence in the scientific literature of reports about morphologic alterations on the detriment of the functional ones. Few reports discussed the relationship between bulimia and deglutition, superficially mentioning the possibilities for triggering oropharyngeal dysphagia.

Palavras-chave : Eating Disorders; Bulimia; Deglutition.

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