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Pharynx (Overview)

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 trachea, larynx, and esophagus.


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What is located at the bottom of the pharynx?

What is located at the bottom of the pharynx?

Pharynx: The cricopharyngeal sphincter (upper esophageal sphincter). Look in Wikipedia. Pharynx has three clinical, anatomical subdivisions. ...Read more

Pharynx (Overview)

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 trachea, larynx, and esophagus.


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What is the definition or description of: pharynx?

What is the definition or description of: pharynx?

Head/neck anatomy: 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 trachea, larynx, and esophagus. ...Read more

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Treating a Sore Throat (Checklist)

Stay hydrated
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Drink warm or cold fluids, whatever feels better
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Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms
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Avoid spicy or acidic foods
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What is the definition or description of: Pharynx disorders?

Pharyngeal disorders: Pharyngeal disorders are problems that involve the pharynx which is the food tube comprised of muscle covered with mucosa that goes from the oral cavity to the esophagus. There is an oropharynx (in the oral cavity), nasopharynx (in the nose), hypopharynx (around the larynx). It is contiguous and connects to the esophagus inferiorly at the end of the hypopharynx. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use your pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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I am trying to figure out what erythematous pharynx is and what are some illnesses that have this as a symptom?

I am trying to figure out what erythematous pharynx is and what are some illnesses that have this as a symptom?

Pharyngitis: Erythema means increased vascularity any given area, in your case it is pharynx. Increased vascularity usually happens wherever inflammation or infection as a response from the body to fight them. Most probably you have pharyngitis. ...Read more

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Does enlargement of the thyroid or lowering of the pharynx cause deepening of the voice?

Does enlargement of the thyroid or lowering of the pharynx cause deepening of the voice?

Usually not: How do you know you have thyroid enlargement? Have you discussed it with your doctor? Thyroid deficiency, which can occur with thyroid enlargement, can lead to changes in voice pitch. The most common cause of changes in pitch is puberty. ...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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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

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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'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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What are the tests for pharynx cancer?

What are the tests for pharynx cancer?

Biopsy/histoath.: The patient will typically undergo a needle biopsy of this lesion, and when histopathologic information is available, a multidisciplinary discussion of the optimal treatment strategy will be undertaken. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pharynx cancer?

What are the symptoms of pharynx cancer?

Ulcer, pain, +: Difficulty in swallowing. Pharyngeal cancer is likely to cause difficulty in swallowing, bleeding, ulcer formation and feeling of mass in the throat. Cancers of the nasopharynx may manifest as mets in the lymph nodes in the neck. ...Read more

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What are causes of fungal infection of pharynx?

What are causes of fungal infection of pharynx?

Fungal infection: That depends upon what fungus it is to which you are referring. Be more specific and rephrase the question. ...Read more

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How would infection in nasal passages and pharynx spread?

How would infection in nasal passages and pharynx spread?

Rhinitis Pharyngitis: Infections of the nasal passages, sinuses and pharynx can spread to other areas of the body when the germs find their way into the blood stream (mostly) or though the lymphatic system. Infections of the roof of the sinuses and the middle ear can spread directly into the brain. ...Read more

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Which doctotr is the best to go if you have pharynx problems a ent or a gp?

Which doctotr is the best to go if you have pharynx problems a ent or a gp?

GP first: The large majority of pharynx problems are easily diagnosed and managed by primary care physicians. S/He will refer to an ENT or other specialist if necessary. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for pharynx cancer?

What is the treatment for pharynx cancer?

Surgery, XRad, Chemo.: The three consistent modalities of treatment for these tumors are surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. These can be given alone or in combination. Surgery and chemotherapy, like Cisplatin or 5-fluorouracil or surgery and radiation are given for locally advanced disease, while local disease gets surgery and radiation. Advanced/metastatic disease is treated by palliative chemo. Like paclitaxel. ...Read more

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Why do I feel itchy sensation in my pharynx and the back of my tongue?

Why do I feel itchy sensation in my pharynx and the back of my tongue?

Could be several: Itchy sensation is a sign of infection. It could be strep throat, candidiasis, or a viral infection. The questions I would want to know is how long have you had the symptom? Are there any other symptoms? You should seek consultation with a dentist or an ear, nose, and throat doctor to get it evaluated and identified. ...Read more

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Are whitish-yellow lumps on the posterior pharynx dangerous? What are they?

Are whitish-yellow lumps on the posterior pharynx dangerous? What are they?

Unusual: It could be an infection (in which case your throat will hurt when you swallow food). Such bumps can be enlarged tonsils whichcan get infection and show yellow spots on the surface. If you are concerned you should show it to your GP or seek and ENT specialist's opinion. I do not think they are dangerous unless there is sore throat in which case it could be strept throat requiring antibiotic treatm ...Read more

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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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Are whitish-yellow bumps on the posterior pharynx dangerous? I have no other symptoms just the bumps

Are whitish-yellow bumps on the posterior pharynx dangerous? I have no other symptoms just the bumps

Keratosis pharyngis: LIkely Keratosis pharyngis. Not a serious problem. See ENT doc ASAP to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Pharynx cancer?

What is the definition or description of: Pharynx cancer?

Pharynx cancer: = malignancy in the cavity that connects the nose and mouth to the esophagus. ...Read more

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Believe in power of prayer. Will it work for pharynx cancer?

Believe in power of prayer. Will it work for pharynx cancer?

No, I am afraid not: While I am quite religious myself, I don't think the power of prayer alone will work or enough to treat any cancer.To treat head and neck cancer - 3 modalities are commonly used - chemo, radiation and surgery-either as a single or combined modality, treatment will depend on the location and the stage of disease. The power of prayer hopefully will help guide you through the treatment process above. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a cyst in the pharynx cause constant migraines & nosebleeds?

Is it possible for a cyst in the pharynx cause constant migraines & nosebleeds?

Headache nose bleeds: This is unlikely. The cause of the constant migraines and nosebleeds should be investigated. Call your doctor for a check up. ...Read more

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How can you best destroy small afferent nerve fibers in the nasopharynx/pharynx?

How can you best destroy small afferent nerve fibers in the nasopharynx/pharynx?

Why?: Afferent nerves take sensation from these areas. Losing sensation in these areas could cause severe swallowing and choking problems and loss of pain sensation. ...Read more

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I just checked my throat in the mirror and I saw a reddish lump (no pain) on the back of my throat (pharynx). I't soft to the touch. What can it be?

I just checked my throat in the mirror and I saw a reddish lump (no pain) on the back of my throat (pharynx). I't soft to the touch. What can it be?

Lymph gland: The most common lump in the pharynx (back of throat) is hyperplastic lymph tissue. It could be a cyst as well. If you are a non-smoker, I would not worry about this. On the other hand, if you are a smoker (pack a day), consult and ENT doctor for further diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the passage from the middle ear to the pharynx called?

What is the passage from the middle ear to the pharynx called?

Eustachian tube: The Eustachian tube (with a capital E) or auditory tube connects the middle ear to the nasopharynx (back of the nose). It is named after anatomist and physician Bartolomeo Eustachi, who lived in the 1500s. ...Read more

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I have big patches and granules on posterior pharynx. No pain. Dry throat.

I have big patches and granules on posterior pharynx. No pain. Dry throat.

Tonsil stones?: 32 yo male with dry throat and big patches/granules on back of throat. These patches that you describe could be tonsilloliths (also known as tonsil stones). They are not harmful and are simply collections of debris that tend to lodge in the crevices of tonsils. If they are truly bothersome or causing pain, please see primary care physician or ENT. ...Read more

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How relevant is nasal obstruction to sleep-related breathing disorders? Most doctors seem solely focused on the pharynx.

How relevant is nasal obstruction to sleep-related breathing disorders? Most doctors seem solely focused on the pharynx.

UARS: Very relevant! Upper airway resistance syndrome can be a large factor involved with sleep related breathing disorders. Please consider seeing dentists who are trained in dental sleep medicine while there is no current speicalty in this area currently, seek those who are diplomate status in the american academy of dental sleep medicine (aadsm). Also those who use acoustical rhinometry! ...Read more

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Is it normal for what appears to be 3 cervical vertebrae bulging through the hypo-pharynx wall? Also could this cause a chronic cough?

Is it normal for what appears to be 3 cervical vertebrae bulging through the hypo-pharynx wall? Also could this cause a chronic cough?

Are you looking: At an MRI or lateral xray? Then that may be the normal appearance at the level of the mid/lower cervical spine. If not, further information is needed because it is an implausible scenario. ...Read more

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Two Red lump at back of throat (pharynx) approx 2cm and 2.5cm in size. Smaller red lumps with similar looks at back of throat also. What is this??

Two Red lump at back of throat (pharynx) approx 2cm and 2.5cm in size. Smaller red lumps with similar looks at back of throat also. What is this??

Cobblestoning?: Really hard to say without actually looking in your throat. I would recommend letting your doctor take a look. A common condition that causes raised patches or "lumps" in the back of the throat is pharyngeal cobblestoning. This is caused by islands of prominent and inflamed lymphatic tissue, and typically goes along with either allergies or laryngopharyngeal reflux (acid reflux into the throat). ...Read more

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I'm an adult female and just realized my epiglottis is visible at the back of my throat. Is this indicative of a shallow pharynx or short esophagus?

I'm an adult female and just realized my epiglottis is visible at the back of my throat. Is this indicative of a shallow pharynx or short esophagus?

Neither: If you do not have symptoms, do not worry about the epiglottis being visible.
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