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Congenital laryngotracheal (LT) cleft: Report of a successful repair in an adult

  • Haskins K. Kashima
  • Bernard R. Marsh
  • Martin W. Donner
  • William J. Ravich
  • Diane Robertson


Congenital laryngotracheal (LT) cleft is an uncommon and highly lethal deformity unless corrected early in life. An unusual case of a patient whose cleft was diagnosed and repaired at age 24 years is described. The embryodysgenesis, clinical staging, and the diagnostic and management considerations are reviewed. A limited cleft (Evans Type I) may be more prevalent than is recognized and may be the cause of some presently unaccountable throat symptoms.

Key words

Laryngotracheal cleft Aspiration pneumonia Embryodysgenesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Haskins K. Kashima
    • 1
  • Bernard R. Marsh
    • 1
  • Martin W. Donner
    • 2
  • William J. Ravich
    • 3
  • Diane Robertson
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryThe Johns Hopkins Medical InstitutionsBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological SciencesThe Johns Hopkins Medical InstitutionsBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Department of MedicineThe Johns Hopkins Medical InstitutionsBaltimoreUSA
  4. 4.The Johns Hopkins Swallowing CenterThe Johns Hopkins Medical InstitutionsBaltimoreUSA

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