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What is the aerodigestive tract?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The aerodigestive tract is the combined organs and tissues of the respiratory tract and the upper part of the digestive tract (including the lips, mouth, tongue, nose, throat, vocal cords, and part of the esophagus and windpipe).

This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.

The aerodigestive tract includes the oral (mouth) cavity, sinonasal (nose and sinus) tract, larynx, esophagus, pyriform sinus, and the pharynx.

Researchers believe that heavy alcohol drinking and smoking cigarettes contribute to cancer and other serious health problems in the aerodigestive tract.

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