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Uvula (Overview)

A piece of normal tissue that is seen at the back of the mouth and palate.


Uvula (Overview)

A piece of normal tissue that is seen at the back of the mouth and palate.


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Why do we have a uvula?

Why do we have a uvula?

Not fully understood: All the mammals do not have uvula, it helps phonation (voice } gauge reflex, salivation, it is some times removed for snoring in sleep apnea. ...Read more

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Why is my uvula crooked?

Probably: If it's been crooked all your life, probably just a normal anatomic variation. If this is a recent change, it deserves investigation...call your Dentist for recommendation to an Oral Surgeon. ...Read more

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Why do people have a uvula?

Uvula: Great question! It has long been thought that the uvula is "vestigial, " meaning that it really has no specific purpose. Having removed the uvula hundreds of times for patients who snore and have sleep apnea, I've found that not having one does seem to affect swallowing of nasal secretions, specifically making it somewhat harder. I think a purpose is to help with nasal mucous clearance ...Read more

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What can cause a broken uvula?

What can cause a broken uvula?

No such thing: There is no bone to "break" in the uvula which is made up of soft tissue (mucosa, submucosa) as well as muscle. There is no such thing as a broken uvula. There is a "bifid" uvula which is a congenital anomaly in which in appears forked. ...Read more

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How can I treat elongated uvula?

How can I treat elongated uvula?

See below: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thotoughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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Can someone live without a uvula?

Can someone live without a uvula?

Uvula: Yes. If it cut too short and into the soft palate, mat have nasal regurgitation when eating or cleft palate type speech disorder ...Read more

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What is located behind the uvula?

Behind the uvula: Behind the uvula lies the posterior pharyngeal
Wall. The pharynx will connect to the esophagus posteriorly and the larynx or voice box anteriorly. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is the function of the uvula?

What is the function of the uvula?

Uvula: Assists soft palate closure when swallowing so that nasal regurgitation less likely through nose. Also assists with speech articulation ...Read more

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Where exactly is the uvula located?

Where exactly is the uvula located?

The uvula: Hangs down from the back of the upper palate. ...Read more

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What happen if you press your uvula?

Pressing your uvula: Hello. Very interesting question. Not sure why you would want to press your uvula but reactions that most probably would occur would be gagging. There is a rich supply of sensory nerves in this region that are sensitive to touch. Swelling could occur also. ...Read more

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What can cause your uvula to vibrate?

Snoring in short: If your uvula is vibrating while awake. It is probably due to the airflow through your nose. Snoring is the result of the palate and uvula vibrating. ...Read more

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Lesions beside uvula, what could it be?

Oral lesions: These are most commonly papillomas, benign growths that are caused by the same virus that causes warts. It could also be a mucocele, a benign mucous filled cyst. ...Read more

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What body system is the uvula a part of?

Oropharynx: Technically the uvula is part of the oropharynx. This is the part of the pharynx that is below the soft palate and above the epiglottis and is continuous with the mouth. This includes the uvula, posterior soft palate, tonsils, base of tongue, and the back of the throat or the pharynx. ...Read more

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What causes an elongated, enlarged uvula?

Variety of things: The uvula may be enlarged from inflammation, infection, or it may be congenital. If the symptoms of snoring or sleep disorder are present, you may want to get a sleep study to make sure that your oxygen saturation at time of sleep is within normal limits. If you are totally asymptomatic, do nothing. ...Read more

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How do they remove a grown on your uvula?

Excise it: Excise it and often apply sutures. Can be done with local anesthesia, IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Have procedure done by oral surgeon or ENT doc. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a growth on my uvula.?

Eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Little white dots on my uvula? .Should I worry?

No: Those are the minor salivary glands and lymphoid follicles. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your uvula is elongated?

ThLongAnTheShortOfIt: It means your uvula is elongated. The uvula is an elongated structure. But if you mean TOO long, then it might irritate your throat or cause you to gag or swallow a lot or feel like there's a goldfish in there. Sometimes it will swell from an allergy, sensitivity or irritation, but with time it will shrink back down; sometimes medication is needed; rarely, surgery. Try ice chips, then your doc. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more