Face and neck: airway and sensorial capacities
C. Kastoer , R. Leach and O. Vanderveken
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Antwerp University Hospital, Wilrijkstraat 10, 2650 Edegem; Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp, Antwerp; Department of Emergency Medicine, Hospital Sint Jan, Kruidtuinlaan 32, 1000 Brussels
Face; neck; pharynx; larynx; anatomy; physiology; respiration; sensation
11 - 19
Face and neck: airway and sensorial capacities. For the assessment and the management of face and neck trauma knowledge of the neuro-anatomy and physiology of the ear, nose, throat (ENT) and head and neck (HN) region and structures is essential, as this area is particularly vulnerable to injury. Indeed, the complex anatomy and physiology in this specific area supports important basic functions. In addition, this review elaborates on upper airway and sensorial capacities. Upper airway dimensions are influenced by bony and soft tissues. Age is of fundamental importance in the upperairwayassessment,assignificantdifferencesinsizeandproportionsapplyinchildrenandadults.Thecranialnerves (CN) supply motor, sensory and special sensory fibres to the upper airway. Injury of the CN is a frequent complication of trauma.
Suppl. 26.1, 2016

Face and neck: airway and sensorial capacities