, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 232–234

Odynophagia Secondary to Variant Thyroid Cartilage Anatomy

Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00455-005-0012-2

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Lin, D., Fischbein, N. & Eisele, D.W. Dysphagia (2005) 20: 232. doi:10.1007/s00455-005-0012-2


We present a case of a displaced superior cornu of the thyroid cartilage causing odynophagia and a foreign body sensation of the pharynx. Diagnosis was made by computed tomography (CT) scan and confirmed by direct endoscopic examination. We review the literature that addresses possible etiologies of this variant anatomy and review treatment options.


Thyroid cartilageOdynophagiaForeign body sensationDeglutitionDeglutition disorders

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyStanford UniversityStanfordUSA