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Clinical physiology of the larynx, trachea and bronchi

Resume function. The larynx is part of the airway; when inhaling, it conducts air to the lower sections - the trachea, bronchi and lungs, when exhaling, the air passes in the opposite direction. The act of breathing is provided by the respiratory muscles, and in the larynx by the contraction of the posterior cricoid muscles, which expand the glottis. When breathing, the glottis is always open, and its size and shape depend on the depth of inspiration. So, with calm breathing, the glottis takes the shape of a triangle, with a deep breath, its lumen becomes like a rhombus. Such a change in size and shape is regulated reflexively due to irritation of the nerve air

Fig. 3.6.

Larynx, trachea and bronchi


a is a diagram; b - tracheobronchoscopic picture: 1 - right main bronchus; 2 - the left main bronchus; 3 - Karina.

endings located in the mucous membrane, when inhaling and exhaling. A sharp irritation of the mucous membrane of the larynx does not cause spasm of the glottis and respiratory arrest. The resulting impulse along the nerves reaches the respiratory center located in the bottom of the IV ventricle, then the response is transmitted to the muscles involved in the expansion or contraction of the glottis. A similar reaction is observed with irritation of the nerve endings embedded in the mucous membrane of the trachea; this reaction also affects the rhythm and depth of breathing.

Zashch and t n and I funkcion and I. The larynx and trachea, being part of the respiratory tract, perform, on the one hand, the role of a barrier preventing the entry of foreign bodies into the underlying respiratory tract, and on the other, organs that help moisturize, warm and purify the inhaled air. The mechanism of protective function is associated with the presence of three reflexogenic zones of the mucous membrane of the larynx. The first of them is located around the entrance to the larynx (the laryngeal surface of the epiglottis, the mucous membrane of the arytenopharyngeal folds), the second occupies the anterior surface of the arytenoid cartilage (from their apex to the base) and continues to the vocal folds, the third is located in the sub-voice space on the inner surface of the cricoid cartilage (rice . 3.7).

Fig. 3.7.

Reflexogenic zones (1-3) of the larynx

In reflexogenic zones there is a nervous network of nerve fibers, the filaments of which penetrate into the intercellular spaces of the epithelium of the mucous membrane, where they end freely or in cells in the form of buttons and loops. As a result of irritation of the mucous membrane of these zones with food and other particles or chemicals, spasm of the glottis occurs. The reflex is transmitted to the muscles that provide exhalation. In such cases, a reflex cough occurs, sputum is expectorated, and breathing quickens. An example is the accidental ingestion of food particles in the larynx. In a normal state, these particles cannot get into, because when swallowing it is covered tightly. The larynx rises up and back to front, the entrance to it is covered by the epiglottis, which is lowered by the root of the tongue, with the top of the epiglottis adjacent to the posterior pharyngeal wall. Food masses flow around the epiglottis from two sides and enter the “mouth” of the esophagus, opened at the time of the pharynx. The closure of the vestibular folds and the forward inclination of the arytenoid cartilage during swallowing are of some importance in protecting the respiratory tract from the penetration of foreign bodies. However, if a foreign body slips into the larynx or goes deeper, a spasm of the glottis occurs and it closes, which prevents the ejection of a foreign body during coughing. Often, in persons who are even in a state of slight anxiety, with laryngoscopy there is a paradoxical convulsive closure of the vocal folds on inspiration (laryngoscopic spasm as a protective reflex) of varying severity.
Atrial cleansing of dust is facilitated by the ciliated epithelium of the mucous membrane and the mucus produced by it.

GLOBAL PARTICIPATION (OPPORTUNITY) FUNCTIONS. In humans, the voice-forming function of the larynx is an integral part of the formation of speech, psyche, and social life. It should be noted that animals have only a voice-forming function.

Three main sections of the respiratory apparatus take part in reproducing sounds: 1) the vocal apparatus of the larynx; 2) forming and resonating sound of the oral cavity, nose, pharynx, the shape of which changes with the movements of the tongue, lower jaw, lips, palate and cheeks (upper resonator); 3) chest - lungs, bronchi, trachea (lower resonator). At the moment of pronouncing the sound, the glottis is initially closed, i.e. vocal folds are tense and closed. Then, under the pressure of the air located in the lungs, trachea and bronchi, the glottis opens for a very short time, and at this moment part of the air breaks through it, after which the vocal folds close again, which creates airborne sound waves; the frequency of these vibrational movements corresponds to the height of the sound being emitted. Thus, during voice formation, the current of air leaving the lower resonator is interrupted with a certain frequency, i.e. is in a state of oscillatory motion. These air vibrations create sound.

Oscillations of the free edges of the vocal folds, which are represented by elastic fibers in the form of a thin narrow strip, also participate in the formation of sound. The pitch depends on the number of such vibrations or breaks between them per second; the pitch and timbre of the voice are affected by the magnitude of the vocal folds, their tension and the characteristics of the resonators. As a result, wanting to make a sound of a certain height, a person, contracting the laryngeal muscles with a certain force, gives the vocal folds the necessary length and tension, and the upper resonators - a certain shape. All this refers to the normal formation of sound, or the chest register. When whispering, the vocal folds close only in the front sections. Air passing through the glottis in the back makes a noise called a whisper. Due to the large size of the larynx and vocal folds in men, the voice is usually an octave lower than in children and women.

Sound varies in pitch, timbre, and strength. The pitch of the sound depends on the frequency of oscillation of the vocal folds, and the frequency on their length and voltage. In the process of human growth and development, the size of the vocal folds changes, which leads to a change in voice. Change, or fracture (mutation), of the voice occurs during puberty (between 12 and 16 years). In boys, treble or viola turns into tenor, baritone or bass, in girls - into soprano or contralto. The mouth and nose, where the sound coming out of the larynx gets, can no longer change its height. Being the upper resonator, they form only some overtones of the laryngeal sound, as a result of which it acquires a certain timbre. In addition, by changing the position of the cheeks, tongue, palate and lips, we can arbitrarily change the timbre of sounds, but only within certain limits. The voice timbre of each person is individual, so we recognize the voices of familiar people. The nature of the sounds of colloquial speech does not depend on the larynx, but on the shape of the mouth, pharynx and the relative position of the organs located in them. The strength and pitch of sound are determined by the force of closing of the vocal folds and the force of exhalation, which depends on the contractility of not only the striated respiratory muscles, but to a certain extent and the smooth muscles of the bronchi.

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