Larynx

Multiple plasma cell granulomas of the larynx in a young man

March 18, 2014     Courtney Shires, MD; Sandeep Samant, MD, FACS
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Plasma cell granuloma of the larynx is a rare benign lesion of unknown etiology, with only 21 cases reported previously. We report an additional case of plasma cell granuloma in which a 26-year-old man experienced a 1.5 x 3.4-cm, completely obstructing subglottic lesion. Because of the patient's young age, history of hemoptysis, bleeding from his tracheostomy, and the rarity of plasma cell granulomas, the patient was assumed to have hemangioma until proven otherwise. He presented with a partially obstructing glottic lesion 4 months later. Both the subglottic and glottic lesions were excised endoscopically. Multiple modalities have been used to treat plasma cell granulomas, including radiation, endoscopic CO2 laser ablation, high-dose prednisone, and open excision. In our case, steroids were given in the interim between the 2 excisions. This is the first report of a patient with two laryngeal plasma cell granulomas and the 22nd reported case of laryngeal plasma cell granuloma.

Conservative cricoid surgery for chondrosarcoma: A case report

February 12, 2014     Elena Gaio, MD; Giandomenico Maggiore, MD; Alessandra Canesso, MD; and Riccardo Artico, MD
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We present the case of a 39-year-old man who presented with hoarseness and progressively worsening dyspnea. Findings on laryngoscopy and computed tomography strongly suggested the presence of a chondrosarcoma. The patient underwent open surgery for removal of the lesion with wide margins. Reconstruction was carried out with two segments of costal cartilage. Laryngeal chondrosarcomas are rare, malignant, usually well-differentiated neoplasms that should be treated with conservative surgery. Recurrences should be treated more aggressively.

Recurrent pyogenic granuloma in a noncompliant patient

January 21, 2014     David Galos, MD; Farhad R. Chowdhury, DO; Reena Gupta, MD; Yolanda D. Heman-Ackah, MD; and Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS
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Patients occasionally develop multiple recurrent granulomas even after excellent reflux control (including fundoplication), voice therapy, surgical removal (including steroid injection into the base of the granuloma), angiolytic laser therapy, and other treatments.

A case of cicatricial pemphigoid of the larynx successfully treated with plasmapheresis therapy

October 23, 2013     Takeshi Kusunoki, MD; Katsuhisa Ikeda, MD
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Conventional therapy for cicatricial pemphigoid has consisted of the administration of a steroid alone or a steroid plus an immunosuppressant.

Larynx: Nodules and polyps

September 18, 2013     Lester D.R. Thompson, MD
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Nodules usually affect the anterior to middle thirds of the true vocal folds, and they are nearly always bilateral.

A systematic review of proton-pump inhibitor therapy for laryngopharyngeal reflux

August 21, 2013     Uchechukwu C. Megwalu, MD
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The author performed a MEDLINE literature search to identify and evaluate all randomized, placebo-controlled trials of the treatment of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) with an oral proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) that have been published since 1966. Eight such trials that included a total of 358 patients were identified. These eight studies contained seven different definitions of LPR. Validity scores (maximum: 9) ranged from 5 to 9 (mean: 7.5). One study investigated low-dose once-daily therapy, two studies investigated low-dose twice-daily therapy, and five studies investigated high-dose twice-daily therapy. Outcomes measures were not consistent among studies, and most studies used unvalidated outcomes measures. Only two studies found that a PPI was significantly better than placebo-one in the low-dose twice-daily group and one in the high-dose twice-daily group. The author concludes that the current body of literature is insufficient to draw reliable conclusions about the efficacy of PPI therapy for the treatment of LPR.

Comparison of complication rates associated with stapling and traditional suture closure after total laryngectomy for advanced cancer

August 21, 2013     Brett A. Miles, DDS, MD; Deborah Larrison, MD; and Larry L. Myers, MD
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We conducted a retrospective, matched-cohort, case-control study to compare complication rates associated with two wound closure procedures-stapling vs. traditional hand suturing-following total laryngectomy. Our study population was made up of 42 consecutively presenting patients-38 men and 4 women, aged 34 to 92 years (mean: 60.3) whose pharyngotomies were amenable to primary closure. Of this group, 37 patients had active endolaryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), 2 patients had inactive endolaryngeal SCC, 2 patients had thyroid cancer, and 1 patient had been treated for chronic aspiration. A total of 26 patients (61.9%) had undergone traditional suture closure of the neopharynx (suture group) and 16 patients (38.1%) had undergone closure with a linear stapling device (staple group). Other than the fact that the patients in the staple group were significantly older than those in the suture group (median: 71.0 vs. 56.5 yr, p = 0.002), there were no significant differences between the two groups in terms of comorbidities or cricopharyngeal myotomy, tracheoesophageal puncture, or neck dissection. There was a total of 8 postoperative infections-5 in the staple group (31.3%) and 3 in the suture group (11.5%)-not a statistically significant difference. Fistulas occurred in 4 staple patients (25.0%) and 6 suture patients (23.1%)-again, not statistically significant. We conclude that in appropriately selected patients, primary closure of the neopharynx can be safely and effectively achieved with a linear stapling device.

Primary laryngeal actinomycosis in an immunosuppressed woman: A case report

July 21, 2013     Tarik Abed, MBBS; Jay Ahmed, MBBS; Niamh O'Shea, MBBS; Simon Payne, FRCPath; Gavin W. Watters, FRCS
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We report a rare case of primary laryngeal actinomycosis, which occurred in a 35-year-old woman with end-stage renal failure secondary to systemic lupus erythematosus with membranous glomerulonephritis. The patient, who had been on long-term immunosuppression therapy, presented with hoarseness. Flexible laryngoscopy detected the presence of a granular glottic mass at the anterior commissure of the larynx. Histology revealed actinomycotic organisms associated with an abscess. The patient was treated with a prolonged course of oral penicillin V and speech therapy, and her dysphonia resolved almost completely. Although actinomycotic infection of the larynx is rare, it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of hoarseness in an immunocompromised patient.

Synovial sarcoma of the larynx treated by supraglottic laryngectomy: Case report and literature review

July 21, 2013     Kuauhyama Luna-Ortiz, MD; Ana Maria Cano-Valdez, MD; Isabela Werneck da Cunha, MD; Adalberto Mosqueda-Taylor, DDS
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We describe a case of synovial sarcoma of the larynx, and we discuss the use of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) in confirming the diagnosis. The patient was a 21-year-old woman who presented with a recurrence of a previously resected supraglottic tumor of the aryepiglottic folds. A horizontal supraglottic laryngectomy was performed, and the 0.5-cm tumor was resected. Histopathologic study suggested that it was a biphasic malignant tumor compatible with a synovial sarcoma. The diagnosis of synovial sarcoma was confirmed by FISH immunohistochemistry with the use of an SYT break-apart probe. The patient recovered satisfactorily, but at follow-up 5 years and 4 months later, tumoral activity was evident in the left side of the neck. A biopsy found that 5 lymph nodes contained a metastasis of the synovial sarcoma. Again, a bilateral neck dissection was performed, and it revealed that 16 of 16 right-side nodes and 36 of 36 left-side nodes were negative. Two months later, the patient received 46 Gy of radiotherapy in 23 sessions. She remained free of disease during 2 more years of follow-up. Synovial sarcoma of the larynx is a rare entity. Organ preservation seems to be indicated in these cases. The histologic diagnosis may be difficult. In this case, the identification of a genetic mutation corroborated the diagnosis.

Laryngotracheal rhinosporidiosis

July 21, 2013     J. Madana, MS; Deeke Yolmo, MS; S. Gopalakrishnan, MS; Sunil K. Saxena, MS
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Rhinosporidiosis is a chronic granulomatous disease caused by Rhinosporidium seeberi. It usually affects mucous membranes of the nose, nasopharynx, and ocular conjunctiva. Cutaneous, laryngeal, tracheal, genital, and bony dissemination is rare. Laryngotracheal involvement poses many diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. A 45-year-old South Indian man presented with complaints of a mass in both nostrils for 2 years, associated with progressive hoarseness of voice and difficulty in breathing for 6 months. Rhinosporidial lesions were seen bilaterally in the nasal cavity. Telescopic and fiberoptic laryngoscopic examinations showed reddish, strawberry-like masses with whitish spots on their surface involving the larynx and trachea. Computed tomography of the head and neck revealed soft-tissue mass lesions involving the bilateral nasal cavities and nasopharynx, extending to the oropharynx and involving the larynx and trachea. A preliminary tracheostomy was performed, followed by direct laryngoscopic excision of the laryngeal lesions and rigid-bronchoscopy-guided excision of the tracheal lesions. The patient was prescribed dapsone and advised to take it for 2 years. At 2 years of follow-up, there was no recurrence.

Letters to the Editor

June 11, 2013    
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Spindle cell lipoma of the larynx

June 11, 2013     Antonio D'Antonio, MD, PhD; Giampiero Mottola, MD; Alessia Caleo, MD; Maria Addesso, MD; and Amedeo Boscaino, MD
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Among the primary mesenchymal tumors of the hypopharynx and larynx, lipomas are rare. Macroscopically, they often resemble a retention cyst or laryngeal nodule. Spindle cell lipomas (SCLs) are an uncommon variant of lipoma. SCLs are extremely rare in the larynx; as far as we know, only 4 cases have been previously described in the literature. We present a new case of laryngeal SCL in a 65-year-old man who presented with a 1-year history of hoarseness, choking spells, stridor, and dyspnea. Examination revealed the presence of a large polyp on the left true vocal fold that had caused stenosis of the posterior glottis. The polyp was removed endoscopically, and the patient's stridor and dyspnea resolved. Histologically, the tumor was composed of bland, CD34-positive spindle cells with an abundant fibrous and myxoid stroma interspersed with mature fatty tissue. The patient was free of local recurrence at 2 years of follow-up.

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