• L. Michaels
Part of the Current Histopathology book series (CUHI, volume 16)


The nasopharynx (nasal part of the pharynx) lies behind the nose, with which its lining and cavities are continuous. It has an arbitrarily fixed 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.


Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Soft Palate Spindle Cell Carcinoma Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Michaels
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  1. 1.Department of Histopathology Institute of Laryngology and OtologyUniversity College and Middlesex School of MedicineLondonEngland

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