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Laboratory 31. Pharynx
Step 3. Reflection of the Head Anteriorly

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Insert a lever posteriorly between the atlas and the occipital bone, and push the head forward [posterior view] [superior view of reflection ]. The neurovascular structures in the parapharyngeal spaces are usually not damaged as the head is displaced by this procedure..

Links and References:
Grant's: 4.61, 4.62
Netter: 15, 16