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The pharynx has the following functions: swallowing, respiratory, protective, resonant, speech.

The swallowing function (according to Magendie) is provided by two acts. Initially, with the approach of a food lump or saliva, the muscles of the amygdala arches (m. Palatoglossus et palatopharyngeus) and the muscles of the root of the tongue contract, pushing the contents further from the oral cavity to the oropharynx. Here the muscles of the posterior pharyngeal wall are turned on, pushing the food lump downward, into the esophagus according to the laws of peristalsis, then into the stomach. The first act, conscious, controlled, can be interrupted. The second is reflex, which occurs automatically, which, incidentally, determines the pathogenesis of foreign bodies of the esophagus, when, despite the sensation of a foreign body, a person can no longer stop the swallowing act.

The respiratory function of the pharynx is provided normally, with nasal breathing, all three floors, and with oral breathing - with the mouth and pharynx: with pathology of the nose (nasal polyps or chronic rhinitis), with forced breathing, for example, when running, heavy physical exertion. Since the pathway of the main ingredients of life — air and food — passes through the throat, it must also have protective mechanisms.

The protective function of the pharynx is provided by the mucosa with a multilayer flat epithelium, pharyngeal plexus on the back wall, which includes sensitive and mixed nerves, as well as parasympathetic fibers from the vagus nerve and sympathetic from the superior cervical sympathetic ganglion, regulating blood supply, which means warming of the pharyngeal mucosa, saturating it with white blood cells , including migratory. Therefore, the pharynx, like the nose, serves to warm and moisturize the air. In addition, the pharynx has a unique mechanism for protecting the body from bacteria and viruses, namely, a combination of six tonsils - the Waldeyer – Pirogov “ring” (Fig. 3.4). Tonsils have a protective function against infectious agents that enter the throat during breathing and swallowing. Paired - palatine and tubal, and unpaired - nasopharyngeal or adenoid (described by N. I. Pirogov) and lingual. Behind the posterior palatine arches are the lateral pharyngeal rollers, and granules on the posterior wall. V.I.Voyachek described the accumulation of follicles at the level of the larynx and pharynx and called it the laryngeal tonsil. The main thing in the structure and function of the tonsils is the follicles that form lymphocytes and autoimmune antibodies. When stained with hemotoxylin-eosin, the center of the follicle is colored pink (the germinal center), because it contains immature forms of lymphocytes, and the periphery is colored dark (mature cells).
Mature lymphocytes migrate through gaps to the surface of the tonsils and to the mucous membrane of the pharynx.

Tonsils have a system of barriers (V.I. Voyachek), which allows them to carry out an autoimmune function. The mucous membrane of the tonsils is the first barrier, in case of insolvency or damage of which tonsillitis occurs. The second barrier is the wall of the blood vessels of the tonsil (histohematic), and if it is insolvent, microbes or their toxins enter the bloodstream, causing metatonsillar diseases. If the infection passes the third barrier, the capsule of the tonsil, a paratonsillitis or paratonsillar abscess is formed. The fourth barrier is that regional cervical lymph nodes increase when the infection gets there through the lymph vessels. With the viability of the barriers, tonsils successfully carry out the protection function, and the diseases listed above are not observed. Recent works have successfully proven the role of tonsils in autoimmune processes.

Tonsils are especially developed in children, up to hypertrophy, which, paradoxically, requires even surgical treatment (adenoids, hypertrophy of the tonsils). In adults (after puberty), tonsils practically lose their function and atrophy, except for palatine tonsils, which, on the contrary, become a victim of microbes, opening one of the chapters of otolaryngology - “chronic tonsillitis”.

The resonator function is associated with the voice, its sonority (power) and coloring (timbre). The larynx and pharynx together make up the organ pipe, where the pharynx and nasal cavity serve as a resonator. An open throat gives birth and a beautiful voice. Anatomy and the function of parts of it — the nasopharynx, soft palate, tongue, and choan — play a large role here. Violation of the function of these formations leads simultaneously to a violation of the speech function of the pharynx, the emergence of open or closed nasal. The presence of adenoids or a nasopharynx tumor, blocking the normal air flow through it and further into the nasal cavity, leads to closed nasal nausea - impossibility of pronouncing phonemes “n”, “m”, and in case of paralysis of the soft palate, for example, with a paratonsillar abscess, palatine fall out - “to "," G "," x "(open nasal).

Thus, the physiology of the pharynx, despite its apparent simplicity, is a multifunctional system with complex multi-loop connections that provide vital processes.
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    The pharynx is part of the digestive and respiratory tract; food and saliva pass through it into the gastrointestinal tract, and air into the larynx, lungs, and vice versa. She takes part in the following vital functions: the act of eating - sucking and swallowing; voice and speech education; act of breathing; protective mechanisms during eating and breathing, as well as in taste function. Etc
  3. Pharyngeal injury
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  7. Pharyngeal diseases
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  8. Pharyngeal wounds
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