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Answer :

Epiglottis is found at the entrance of the larynx. It projects sideways at the rear of the tongue and the hyoid bone.

So normally what happens is that the Epiglottis points upwards allowing free passage of air into the trachea and larynx. During eating and swallowing process, the Epiglottis shuts itself thus blocking the opening into the trachea. When the swallowing is done, the Epiglottis opens up again allowing normal breathing. Epiglottis is composed of elastic cartilage. The cartilage tissue in the Epiglottis is coated with mucus membranes. This makes it hard enough to form a barrier before the trachea while swallowing. At the same time, it is soft enough to fold itself once the action is done.


So if it is removed, this will happen:


• The air you breathe would travel to the stomach rather than the lungs; the lungs must have air in order for the body and brain to survive.


• Secondly, the food you eat would travel to your lungs rather than to your stomach. This will cause problems such as pneumonia and drowning of the lungs as well as no nourishment for the body and brain as no food would be entering the stomach.


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