Chronic recordings of hypoglossal nerve activity in a dog model of upper airway obstruction

Mesut Sahin, Dominique M. Durand, Musa A. Haxhiu

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The activity of the hypoglossal nerve was recorded during pharyngeal loading in sleeping dogs with chronically implanted cuff electrodes. Three self-coiling spiral-cuff electrodes were implanted in two beagles for durations of 17, 7, and 6 mo. During quiet wakefulness and sleep, phasic hypoglossal activity was either very small or not observable above the baseline noise. Applying a perpendicular force on the submental region by using a mechanical device to narrow the pharyngeal airway passage increased the phasic hypoglossal activity, the phasic esophageal pressure, and the inspiratory time in the next breath during non-rapid-eye-movement sleep. The phasic hypoglossal activity sustained at the elevated level while the force was present and increased with increasing amounts of loading. The hypoglossal nerve was very active in rapid-eye-movement sleep, especially when the submental force was present. The data demonstrate the feasibility of chronic recordings of the hypoglossal nerve with cuff electrodes and show that hypoglossal activity has a fast and sustained response to the internal loading of the pharynx induced by applying a submental force during non- rapid-eye-movement sleep.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2197-2206
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Physiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


  • Cuff electrodes
  • Electroneurogram
  • Esophageal balloon
  • Sleep
  • Upper airway loading


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