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The Hyoepiglottic Ligament

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The hyoepiglottic ligament is a fibrous band that connects the hyoid bone to the epiglottis, contributing to the structural support and coordination of movements during swallowing. The hyoid bone and the structures associated with it, including ligaments like the hyoepiglottic ligament, are important for the proper functioning of the upper respiratory and digestive systems. More importantly, knowledge of these structures and being able to leverage them for intubation is a critical skill in laryngoscopy.

Essential Anatomic Details

Illustrations courtesy of Hennepin County Medical Center.

Intubator’s View

Photos courtesy of Hennepin County Medical Center.

Important Technical Detail

Engagement of the Ligament

Here is an example of what seating your blade in the valeculla and engaging the hyo-epiglottic ligament can do for your laryngeal view, and it highlights the important of this anatomic structure.

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What’s Next

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Engagement of the Median Glossoepiglottic Fold and Laryngeal View During Emergency Department Intubation Brian E Driver 1Matthew E Prekker 2Richard M Levitan 3Jeffrey Corajod 4Erin Karl 5Andrew D Smith 6Robert F Reardo