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Pharynx – the Incredible Rendezvous Sites of Gas, Liquid and Solid

Tang-Chuan Wang

China Medical University Hsinchu Hospital

Dr. Tang-Chuan Wang is an excellent otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon in Taiwan. He is also a research scholar at Harvard Medical School and the University of Iowa Hospital. Dr. Wang also worked at Stanford University, the University of Pennsylvania, Boston Children's Hospital, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. In recent years, he devotes himself to innovation and telemedicine.


Nasopharynx Velopharynx Eustachian Tube Nasal Cavity Swallow Dysphagia Sleep Apnea Adenoid Glossitis Pharyngitis Biodesign Endoscopic

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The pharynx is a special structure in the human body. The pharynx is a conical passage connecting the oral cavity and nasal cavity to the junction of the esophagus and trachea. Besides, there is another passage, called the Eustachian tube or pharyngotympanic tube, which links the nasopharynx to the middle ear and it allows air pressure in the middle ear cavity to be equalized. The pharynx moves food or water from the mouth to the esophagus and also moves air from the nasal and oral cavities to the larynx. The larynx is a triangle-shaped box that consists largely of cartilages with surrounding structures, which is essential for phonation. Therefore, the pharynx plays an important role involved in both the respiratory and digestive systems. In other words, the pharynx is an incredibly dynamic rendezvous site of gas(air), liquid(water), and solid(food).

Although the pharynx is relatively small compared to other organ systems, a person's basic life will be affected greatly without well functional pharynx. For example, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, the most common sleep-related breathing disorder, is characterized by repetitive collapse and closing of the pharynx during sleep. The recurrent episodes of apneas or hypopneas during sleep may interfere with restorative sleep in combination with disturbances in blood oxygenation. And these are possible negative consequences to health and quality of life. Besides, there are some conditions that can cause the pharynx and larynx to not function properly, such as digestion, respiration, or phonation.
Based on these concepts, the book incorporates updated developments as well as future perspectives in the ever-expanding field of the pharynx. Besides, this book will be a great reference for otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, pediatricians, neurologists, rehabilitation physicians, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, specialists in sleep medicine, researchers in clinical and basic medicine, experts in science and technology.

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Tang-Chuan Wang

China Medical University Hsinchu Hospital

Dr. Tang-Chuan Wang is an excellent otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeon in Taiwan. He is also a research scholar of Harvard Medical School and University of Iowa hospital. During his substantial experience, he ever worked in Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Boston Children\'s Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Besides, he is not only working hard on clinical & basic medicine but also launching out into public health in Taiwan. In recent years, he devotes himself to innovation and telemedicine. He always says that \"in theoretical or practical aspects, no innovation is a step backward\". Due to his contribution to biodesign, he was invited into executive committee of Advanced Joint R & D Center in Taiwan.

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