If the epiglottis is absent in the body then the regulation of food material to esophagus and air into the lungs will disturbed.Somtimes food will enters into windpipe and then causes choking or simply if the epiglottis is not present in body then the lungs would not work properly which can lead to death.
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It will be difficult to breath and eat foods.also the food entet in lungs
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