Oropharynx

The oropharynx forms part of the pharynx, being the continuation of oral cavity and nasopharynx superiorly, and the larynx and hypopharynx inferiorly. 

Gross anatomy

The oropharynx is the posterior continuation of the oral cavity and the inferior continuation of the nasopharynx. 

Boundaries
  • anteriorly: circumvallate papillae, anterior tonsillar pillars, soft palate
  • posteriorly: posterior pharyngeal wall
  • superiorly:  elevated soft palate
  • inferiorly: valleculae
  • laterally: anterior and posterior tonsillar pillars, palatine tonsils
Arterial Supply
Subsites
  • base of tongue (i.e. posterior two-thirds)
  • tonsils

Related pathology

Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 43825
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Oropharyngeal anatomy

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