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Throat/Mouth


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Decreased Gag Reflex
indicative of decreased LOC or brainstem injury. Concern for airway protection
Dentition
Teeth
Dry Mucosa
dry tongue, mouth, and lips, indicating significant dehydration
Edentulous
without teeth
Gingiva
gums
Lingual
referring to the tongue
Malocclusion
imperfect closure of opposing teeth, indicative of trauma or jaw fracture
Nasopharynx
far back of the nasal canal, where it joins the back of the throat
Odontalgia
toothache
Odynophagia
painful swallowing
Oropharynx
the back of the mouth, where it meets the throat
Peritonsillar Abscess
collection of pus or fluid around the tonsil
Pharyngeal Erythema
redness of the pharynx, indicating a throat infection
Pharyngitis
throat infection
Secretion Pooling
poor ability to handle secretions (saliva): drooling at the mouth and gagging
Tacky Mucosa
sticky tongue, mouth and lips, indicating early dehydration
Tonsillar Edema
swelling of the tonsils, indicating infection
Tonsillar Exudate
pus on the tonsils, indicating infection of the tonsils
Trismus
inability to fully open mouth due to inflamed jaw muscles
Uvula Midline
uvula in normal position (not shifted)