Date: 11 Nov 2004

Laryngeal chondroma presenting as a laryngopyocele

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The abnormal dilatation of saccules in direct communication with the laryngeal lumen is termed laryngocele. A simple laryngocele is an air-filled dilatation of the saccule and is mostly asymptomatic. When the neck of the laryngocele is obstructed, the laryngocele becomes filled with mucus. If a mucus-filled laryngocele is infected, it is called a laryngopyocele. The etiology of laryngoceles is not well understood. However, there is an association between laryngoceles and carcinoma of the supraglottic larynx. The main reasons are probably obstruction and mucosal retention of the saccule, increasing intralaryngeal pressure due to airway obstruction or abnormal contraction of the involved laryngeal muscles due to tumoral spreading. We present a patient with laryngopyocele that arose because of a laryngeal chondroma