European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology

, Volume 258, Issue 3, pp 137–140 | Cite as

Giant laryngoceles: a cause of upper airway obstruction

  • Ronald J. E. Pennings
  • F. J. A. van den Hoogen
  • Henri A. M. Marres
Laryngology

Abstract

Laryngoceles and saccular cysts, which are abnormal dilatations of the laryngeal saccule, are uncommon. The etiology is unknown but is probably related to both congenital and acquired factors. These structures are usually asymptomatic and are incidentally discovered through radiographic studies for unrelated symptoms. We describe two patients with upper airway obstruction, one caused by a giant laryngocele and the other by a large saccular cyst. In the former patient, acute tracheotomy had to be performed. The laryngocele and saccular cyst were removed surgically, which relieved patients’ symptoms of upper airway obstruction.

Keywords Laryngocele Saccular cyst Inspiratory stridor Upper airway obstruction 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald J. E. Pennings
    • 1
  • F. J. A. van den Hoogen
    • 1
  • Henri A. M. Marres
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Medical Centre St Radboud, P.O. Box 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands e-mail: F.vandenHoogen@kno.azn.nl, Tel.: +31-24-3614450, Fax: +31-24-3540251NL

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