Objective: The mechanical contraction property of the superior pharyngeal constrictor (PC) muscle was analyzed and compared with the levator veli palatini (LVP) muscle. Design: Twenty adult dogs anesthetized with sodium pentobarbital were used. Results: The isometric contraction curves of LVP and PC were recorded after direct electric stimulation to each muscle. The contraction time of isometric twitch contraction of the superior PC muscles was 30.3 ± 5.25 msec, and the half relaxation time was 22.97 ± 5.44 msec. The summation curve was observed at a stimulus frequency above 20 Hz of a repetitive pulse stimulus frequency of 85 Hz. Conclusions: The mechanical contraction properties of the PC muscle are similar to those of the LVP, but with more aspects that are characteristic of a fast twitch muscle.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1998|
- Contraction property
- Superior pharyngeal constrictor muscle
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Oral Surgery