Hypoplasia of the epiglottis in a middle-aged man

  • Jong-Lyel RohEmail author


Hypoplasia of the epiglottis diagnosed at adulthood is extremely rare. Most patients with epiglottic hypoplasia have presented life-threatening symptoms of respiratory distress and severe aspiration in infancy or early childhood. This is a case of congenital epiglottic hypoplasia found in a 42-year-old man complaining of mild hoarseness and throat discomfort. Strobolaryngoscopy and CT scans revealed a unique anomaly with isolated epiglottic hypoplasia and normal appearance of other laryngeal structures. This case is discussed with a review of the literature on this rare occurrence.


Hypoplasia Congenital Epiglottis Supraglottis Anomaly 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and Cancer Research InstituteCollege of Medicine of the Chungnam National UniversityDaejeonSouth Korea

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