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Introduction to Biology of the Ears, Nose, and Throat

By

David M. Kaylie

, MS, MD, Duke University Medical Center

Medically Reviewed Apr 2022 | Modified Sep 2022
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Overview of the Ears, Nose, and Throat
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The ears, nose, and throat are located near each other and have separate but related functions.

The throat Throat The throat (pharynx) is located behind the mouth, below the nasal cavity, and above the hollow tube that leads from the throat to the stomach (esophagus) and windpipe (trachea). It consists... read more mainly functions as a pathway through which food and fluids travel to the esophagus (the hollow tube that leads from the throat to the stomach) and air passes to the lungs.

Primary care doctors often diagnose and treat disorders involving these organs, but otolaryngologists (also called ear, nose, and throat or ENT doctors) specialize in them.

Ear, Nose, and Throat

Inside the Ear
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