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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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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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