Encyclopedia of Trauma Care

2015 Edition
| Editors: Peter J. Papadakos, Mark L. Gestring

Airway Anatomy

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-29613-0_4



The passageway by which air enters and exits the lungs through the nares or oropharynx.

The airway is a continuous passageway but can be further categorized into the upper and lower airway. The upper airway begins from the nares and oropharynx to the vocal cords (Fig. 1a and b). The lower airway is located below the level of the vocal cords and extends distally.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of South Carolina Medical SchoolGreenvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Emergency MedicineState University of New York University at BuffaloBuffaloUSA