vallecula


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Related to vallecula: vallecula epiglottica, epiglottic vallecula, piriform recess

vallecula

 [vah-lek´u-lah] (L.)
a depression or furrow.
vallecula cerebel´li a longitudinal fissure on the inferior cerebellum, in which the medulla oblongata rests.
vallecula syl´vii a depression made by the fissure of Sylvius at the base of the brain.

val·lec·u·la

, pl.

val·lec·u·lae

(vă-lek'yū-lă, -lē), [TA]
A crevice or depression on any surface, particularly the spaces between the epiglottis and the base of the tongue, right and left.
Synonym(s): valley
[L. dim. of vallis, valley]

vallecula

/val·lec·u·la/ (vah-lek´u-lah) pl. valle´culae   [L.] a depression or furrow.vallec´ular
vallecula cerebel´li  the longitudinal fissure on the inferior cerebellum, in which the medulla oblongata rests.
vallecula un´guis  the sulcus of the matrix of the nail.

vallecula

(vă-lĕk′yə-lə, və-)
n. pl. vallecu·lae (-lē′)
An anatomical depression or crevice, as between the hemispheres of the brain.

val·lec′u·lar, val·lec′u·late (-lĭt, -lāt′) adj.

vallecula

[vəlek′yələ]
Etymology: L, little valley
1 any crevice or depression on the surface of an organ or structure.
2 See vallecula epiglottica. vallecular, adj.

val·lec·u·la

, pl. valleculae (vă-lek'yū-lă, -lē) [TA]
1. A crevice or depression on any surface.
2. A sinus located between the base of the tongue and the epiglottis.
[L. dim. of vallis, valley]

vallecula

A small hollow, groove or depression on the surface of an organ.

vallecula

pl. valleculae [L.] a depression or furrow.

vallecula cerebelli
a longitudinal fissure on the caudal cerebellum, in which the medulla oblongata rests.
vallecula epiglottica
the depressions on either side of the median glossoepiglottic fold.
vallecula sylvii
a depression made by the fissure of Sylvius at the base of the brain. Called also lateral cerebral fossa.
vallecula unguis
the sulcus of the matrix of the nail.
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All three scans show a smooth-surfaced mass occupying the entire vallecula.
These scans showed a lingual tonsil occupying the entire vallecula.
It was fortunate that there was no bleeding or trauma to the tonsillar tissue as a consequence of attempting to insert the Macintosh blade into the vallecula or the blind insertion of the catheter '8.
Fiberoptic laryngoscopy demonstrated a 5- mm pharyngocele and food remnants in the adjacent vallecula (figure 3).
Intraluminally, this area is located in the area of the inferior pole of the tonsil next to the vallecula.
Flexible transnasal laryngoscopy showed that his vallecula and tongue base were still clear of obstructing lingual tonsil tissue, and his epiglottis had resumed its natural upright position.
The large volume of tissue present in the vallecula in our patient could have certainly caused his dysphagia.
He was fiberoptically intubated and underwent suspension microlaryngoscopy, which demonstrated a well- circumscribed, encapsulated lesion located in the vallecula and encompassing the right aryepiglottic fold.
Instead, histopathology of specimens taken from the left piriform sinus, left aryepiglottic fold, left vallecula, and left tonsillar pillar demonstrated a viral cytopathic effect and necrosis consistent with HSV infection.
3) Moreover, this approach is suitable only for benign lesions, such as noninfiltrating tumors of the minor salivary glands at the tongue base or vallecula.
If we can improve the surgical view of the tongue base and vallecula during transoral surgery, we can minimize recovery time and decrease morbidity.