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Where is laryngeal inlet located?

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Posted on Wed, 15 Jun 2016
Question: epiglottis closes over the laryngeal inlet during swallowing. where is the laryngeal inlet located?
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (56 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Laryngeal inlet

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The laryngeal inlet is the opening or entrance to the larynx (voice box). The laryngeal inlet connect the pharynx (throat) to the larynx.

Above the level of the larynx, the pharynx is shared by both the digestive tract and the respiratory tract. But then it branches into the esophagus - which leads to the stomach, and the trachea - which leads to the lungs. The epiglottis closes over the larynx so that food coming down from the throat does not enter the lower respiratory tract.

I hope this information answers your question.
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Where is laryngeal inlet located?

Brief Answer: Laryngeal inlet Detailed Answer: The laryngeal inlet is the opening or entrance to the larynx (voice box). The laryngeal inlet connect the pharynx (throat) to the larynx. Above the level of the larynx, the pharynx is shared by both the digestive tract and the respiratory tract. But then it branches into the esophagus - which leads to the stomach, and the trachea - which leads to the lungs. The epiglottis closes over the larynx so that food coming down from the throat does not enter the lower respiratory tract. I hope this information answers your question.