Normal Anatomy and Histology; Adenoids; Infections; Developmental Lesions

  • L. Michaels


The nasopharynx (nasal part of the pharynx) lies behind the nose, with which its lining and cavities are continuous. It has an arbitrary lower level at the posterior edge of the soft palate. The bony superior and posterior walls make a concavity composed of the body of the sphenoid above and the atlas and axis cervical vertebrae below. The mucosa and submucosa of the nasopharynx are separated from these bony structures by the retropharyngeal space, a layer of very loose connective tissue.


Squamous Epithelium Eustachian Tube Palatine Tonsil Retropharyngeal Space Secretory Otitis Medium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Michaels
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pathology and BacteriologyInstitute of Laryngology and Otology (University of London)LondonEngland
  2. 2.Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear HospitalLondonEngland

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