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Epiglottic Vallecula
Digestive System

Epiglottic Vallecula

Vallecula epiglottica

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The epiglottis is connected to the pharyngeal surface of the tongue and the lateral pharynx by a median glossoepiglottic and two lateral glossoepiglottic ligaments, respectively. Between the median and lateral glossoepiglottic ligaments on both sides are small depressions termed the valleculae.

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The valecullae function to hold small pools of saliva so the swallow reflex is not continually triggered.

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- Swallow reflex

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The epiglottis is a small, fibrocartilaginous flap of tissue that protects the airway from aspiration during swallowing by covering the trachea and facilitating the propulsion of an ingested bolus into the esophagus.

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