Hyoepiglottic ligament

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Hyoepiglottic ligament
Fromanterior surface of the epiglottis
Toupper border of the body of the hyoid bone
LatinLigamentum hyoepiglotticum
Anatomical terminology

The hyoepiglottic ligament is an elastic band connecting the anterior surface of the epiglottis to the upper border of the body of the hyoid bone. It is clinically important in performing direct laryngoscopy with a Macintosh laryngoscope blade; the blade tip is placed in the vallecula and moved anteriorly, which causes the hyoepiglottic ligament to pull the epiglottis anteriorly as well and thus expose the glottis.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 1077 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)