DEVELOPMENT AND FUNCTION OF THE PHARYNGEAL DUCTS: The pharyngeal ducts reach from the front and back of the ears into both sides of the neck further into the mediastinum, which is the middle section of the chest cavity containing the lungs, the heart, the esophagus, and the trachea. The lining of the pharyngeal ducts consists of squamous epithelium, originates from the ectoderm and is therefore controlled from the cerebral cortex.
BIOLOGICAL CONFLICT: The biological conflict linked to the pharyngeal ducts is a male frontal-fear conflict or female powerless conflict, depending on a person’s gender, laterality, and hormone status. A frontal-fear conflict is a big fear of heading into a dangerous situation or of danger that is moving directly towards one. The conflict can be experienced in real terms, for example, during a head-on accident or a frontal attack by a person or an animal. In a transposed sense, the approaching danger could be a threat, shocking news perceived as a “blow in the face”, or an upsetting confrontation. The conflict is often triggered by follow-up examinations or the announcement of a medical procedure such as surgery. One of the most common frontal-fear conflicts is being faced with a cancer diagnosis. This is why in GNM we call the conflict related to the pharyngeal ducts also a “cancer fear conflict”.
CONFLICT-ACTIVE PHASE: ulceration in the lining of the pharyngeal ducts proportional to the degree and duration of conflict activity. The biological purpose of the cell loss is to widen the ducts to allow more oxygen intake, even though in humans the pharyngeal ducts have no longer a respiratory function. Symptoms: mild to severe pain in the neck area.
HEALING PHASE: During the first part of the healing phase (PCL-A) the tissue loss is replenished through cell proliferation with swelling due to the edema (fluid accumulation) in the healing area.
The swelling in the pharyngeal ducts might be diagnosed as mononucleosis or Pfeiffer’s disease (compare with mononucleosis related to the lymph nodes). Whether the swelling occurs in the pharyngeal ducts or in the lymph nodes can be easily established with the help of a brain CT that shows the impact of the related conflict in the corresponding brain relay. In addition, if the lymph nodes are affected the lymphocyte count is elevated, which is not the case with a healing process in the pharyngeal ducts.
A hanging healing due to continuous conflict relapses leads to the back-up of fluid in the pharyngeal ducts resulting in the development of a cyst located laterally on the right or left side of the neck or collar bone area (compare with thyroid cysts located towards the middle) or in the mediastinum where it is called a retrosternal struma. After the Epileptoid Crisis the cyst recedes parallel to the completion of the healing process. However, if the healing phase cannot be complete, the cyst hardens and stays.
Found in the mediastinum, a cyst in the pharyngeal ducts is diagnosed as a “small cell bronchial carcinoma” or “small cell lung cancer”, even though neither the lungs nor the bronchia are involved (see also mediastinal osteosarcoma). In the mediastinum, a large cyst might compress vital vessels or cause breathing difficulties due to the pressure on the trachea with acute shortness of breath and choking fits during the Epileptoid Crisis, when the fluid in the cyst is expelled. With the SYNDROME, that is, with water retention as a result of an active abandonment and existence conflict (diagnosis shock, hospitalization) the situation could become critical.