Epiglottic vallecula

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Epiglottic vallecula
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(Vallecula labeled at center right.)
Details
Latin vallecula epiglottica
Identifiers
Gray's p.1075
Dorlands
/Elsevier
v_02/12843622
TA A05.3.01.020
FMA FMA:55037
Anatomical terminology

The epiglottic vallecula is a depression (vallecula) just behind the root of the tongue between the folds in the throat. These depressions serve as "spit traps"; saliva is temporarily held in the valleculae to prevent initiation of the swallowing reflex.

The vallecula is an important reference landmark used during intubation of the trachea. The procedure requires the blade-tip of a Macintosh-style laryngoscope to be placed as far as possible into the vallecula in order to facilitate directly visualize the glottis.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.