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Doctor insights on: Anatomy Of Larynx And Pharynx

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Difference between larynx and pharynx?

Difference between larynx and pharynx?

Adjacent structures: The two are adjacent anatomical structures. In simple terms, the larynx is the voice box and the pharynx is the throat passage. Of course this is a simplified description. ...Read more

Larynx (Definition)

The larynx is the organ that houses the vocal cords. This provides speech, and protects the airway from aspirating food. There are other functions also, such as allowing increased pressure for weight lifting by partially closing ...Read more


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What's the functional difference between larynx and pharynx?

What's the functional difference between larynx and pharynx?

Big difference: Larynx is lower in the pharynx and contains the vocal cords. These close during swallowing and open for breathing. ...Read more

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Can smoking affect your larynx or pharynx?

Can smoking affect your larynx or pharynx?

Yes: Can cause cancer (oral, tongue, throat, and lung), emphysema, stiffens arteries causing hypertension, leading to heart attacks, striokes and death. ...Read more

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What region of the pharynx is closest to the larynx?

What region of the pharynx is closest to the larynx?

Hypopharynx: From top to bottom, nasopharynx, oropharynx, hypopharynx, larynx. Larynx divided into supraglottic larynx, glottis, subglottis. ...Read more

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What is medical terminology for inflammation of both the pharynx and the larynx?

What is medical terminology for inflammation of both the pharynx and the larynx?

Laryngopharyngitis: Regardless of the cause, the terminology would be laryngopharyngitis. ...Read more

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I am using symbicort for 2years, the last 5 weeks I have a hoarse voice. My physician told me to stop symbicort and take now fluconazole because he thinks I have a yeast infection at the level of my pharynx/larynx. In my mouth there is no yeast infection

I am using symbicort for 2years, the last 5 weeks I have a hoarse voice. My physician told me to stop symbicort and take now fluconazole because he thinks I have a yeast infection at the level of my pharynx/larynx. In my mouth there is no yeast infection

Vocal cords: You may have a low grade vocal cord fungal infection or irritation from the use of these inhalers over an extender period of time. Please consult an ENT specialist for direct visualization of the posterior pharynx and larynx (flexible nasopharyngolaryngoscopy) ...Read more

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Where is the larynx located in neck?

Where is the larynx located in neck?

Center, front: The larynx is the location of the voice and windpipe open and closure tissue. In males it is a prominent bump on the from of the middle of the neck. It is less prominent in females. Put your thumb and forefinger in the middle of the neck in a grasping position and hum and you will feel the vibration from the larynx. ...Read more

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Feeling food particles in my larynx. Since 2 day feel somthng stuk. 2month neck ultrasound & laryngral scope normal. Hav acid reflux. Should I worry?

Feeling food particles in my larynx. Since 2 day feel somthng stuk. 2month neck ultrasound & laryngral scope normal. Hav acid reflux. Should I worry?

If progressive...: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin may result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Impedance ph testing with a symptom diary can best characterize LPR. ...Read more

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Why do I have a painful lump between my larynx & the bottom of my neck?

Why do I have a painful lump between my larynx & the bottom of my neck?

See Head & Neck doc.: There is a broad list of causes of neck masses. If off to the side this is likely a lymph node. They can be enlarged from 1) normal response to inflammation 2) lymph node cancer 3) regional cancer moved to lymph node 4) weird infections. If this has been present for more than a few weeks please see a doc experienced in head and neck disease. Usually a Plastic Surgeon or ENT. ...Read more

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I was oversinging the other day and the next day it felt like a fire breathing dragon at my pharync/larynx area. Did this alone cause this?

I was oversinging the other day and the next day it felt like a fire breathing dragon at my pharync/larynx area. Did this alone cause this?

As above: Straining the vocal cord can cause some horsiness and throat discomfort, if it does not get better see your PCP for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I got hit in the throat, larynx area with the top of my laptop, it feels kinda weird, is is ok, will it heal itself?

Yes: It sounds like a superficial soft tissue injury and if your voice has not changed and there is no hematoma of the anterior neck skin, the weird feeling should gradually resolve in several weeks at the most. ...Read more

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Was sick about 3 weeks ago but have gotten better. However I still have this weird itch in my throat around the larynx. It only itches when I look up.

Was sick about 3 weeks ago but have gotten better. However I still have this weird itch in my throat around the larynx. It only itches when I look up.

Postnasal drip: You probably have mucus draining to the back of the nose causing irritation and thus itching. The treatment is tailored to the cause and may include antihistamines, decongestants and steroid medications or spray ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to get throat/larynx cancer from singing?

Can it be possible for you to get throat/larynx cancer from singing?

LIving Life: Now, throat cancers can appear in humans who do not smoke. But, singing is in no way a risk for developing throat cancer. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience burning in your throat 3 weeks after radiation treatment to the larynx?

Is it normal to experience burning in your throat 3 weeks after radiation treatment to the larynx?

Definitely, yes: You have received and intensive treatment to your larynx and by default your entire throat is affected. There is inflammation of the mucous membranes or mucositis causing thick, tenacious mucus and alot of soreness. Follow your ENT and radiation oncologists recommendations on how to help this. However, there will be weeks of soreness as it heals. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience burning in your throat several weeks after radiation treatment to the larynx?

Is it normal to experience burning in your throat several weeks after radiation treatment to the larynx?

Maybe: Throat irritation after radiation can last for a while. It may also be related to acid reflux. Obviously, this should be followed by an ENT who can visualize your larynx with an endoscope. ...Read more

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I get excessive sticky white mucus build up in the larynx area, is this likely to be pepsin, bile or acid, it never burns my throat?

I get excessive sticky white mucus build up in the larynx area, is this likely to be pepsin, bile or acid, it never burns my throat?

Throat mucus: Throat mucus can come from chronic allergies either in the air or also from foods you're eating. Frequent causes are dairy products. Mucus is not the same as pepsin, bile, or acid -- but if you have gerd your throat can be irritated. Chronic cough can come with this. Please discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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I just had a transnasal esophagoscopy which showed no damage to my throat and larynx. Does this rule out LPR despite my burning throat and mucus?

Pharyngeal reflux: Develops when stomach acid travels up into your throat. You may experience "heartburn" or "indigestion".. Some of the more common symptoms are:sensation of drainage down the back of the throat or excessive mucus feeling of something caught in the throat or a tickling or burning sensation, sore throat, , chronic cough, post-nasal drip, difficulty swallowing.Testsshould help diagnose. ...Read more

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On off feeling food stuk in larynx and cant swallow. Larynxscope show 3 mm cyst. Acid reflux. Can it be gerd? Cyst? Stress? Neck ultrsound fine. Worrisom?

On off feeling food stuk in larynx and cant swallow. Larynxscope show 3 mm cyst. Acid reflux. Can it be gerd? Cyst? Stress? Neck ultrsound fine. Worrisom?

Reflux/cyst: It sounds like you have reflux and should be on medication for that. The cyst is tiny and it may be if you still feel unwell you should have another scope in 3-6 months. All the best. ...Read more

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I can't breath easily sometimes because of my neck. ..I had check up to ent but doctor said I have larynx disease. And he gave me omeprazole I take this for one month..

I can't breath easily sometimes because of my neck. ..I had check up to ent but doctor said I have larynx disease. And he gave me omeprazole I take this for one month..

Keep going: One month on omeprazole is not long enough to tell if it's helping. Call your ENT if you are still worried. I'm not sure what you mean about your neck stopping your breathing but, your doc should be able to help you tease this out. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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