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June 12, 2013  | 

Laryngeal plexiform neurofibroma in a child

June 12, 2013  |  Fikret Kasapoglu, MD; Talip Ozdemircan, MD; and Levent Erisen, MD


Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetically inherited, autosomal dominant disease, characterized by multiple cafe au lait spots, cutaneous neurofibromas and “Lisch nodules.” Neurofibromatosis can develop from a neural source at any age. However, neurofibroma of the larynx is...

Bilateral Gore-Tex implant extrusion following type I thyroplasty

March 25, 2013  |  Farhad R. Chowdhury, DO; Adam L. Baker, MD; Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Gore-Tex thyroplasty permits easy revision, and minor adjustments can be made, often without removing and replacing the entire prosthesis.

Malignant melanoma metastatic to the larynx: A case report

January 24, 2013  |  Aliasghar Arabi Mianroodi, MD; Tourajreza Mirshekari, MD; Aliakbar Taheri, MD


Malignant melanoma of the larynx is a rare cancer that can appear as a primary tumor or as a metastasis from a cutaneous head and neck primary. To the best of our knowledge, only 60 cases of primary laryngeal melanoma have been reported in the world literature. Melanomas...

Thyroid cartilage fracture following percutaneous tracheotomy tube placement

December 31, 2012  |  Jaime Eaglin Moore, MD and Andrew Heller, MD

Patients whose body mass index (BMI) is 30 or greater have a higher likelihood of a distorted anatomy, which can make tracheotomy tube placement difficult.

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the larynx with transglottic involvement in a child: A case report

December 31, 2012  |  Sanjeev Bhagat, MS; Saurabh Varshney, MS; Rakesh K. Singh, MS; Sampan Bist, MS


Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) of the larynx is one of the rarest tumors in the pediatric age group. Our review of the English-language literature found only 1 previously reported case of a laryngeal MEC in a child. We present what to the best of our knowledge is the first...

Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome induced by laryngeal lesions: Two cases

November 1, 2012  |  Taha Tahir Bekci, MD; Mesut Tezer, MD; Nurdogan Ata, MD; Levent Emre, MD


We describe 2 cases of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) that were found to be caused by the presence of laryngeal masses. Both patients presented with a long-standing history of snoring, gasping for air while sleeping, excessive daytime sleepiness, and morning headaches...

Radiation-induced osteosarcoma of the larynx: Case report and literature review

October 8, 2012  |  Murat Ulusan, MD; Rasim Yilmazer, MD; Yasemin Ozluk, MD; Murat Enoz, MD; Yusufhan Suoglu, MD


Laryngeal osteosarcoma is an extremely rare disease. Only 23 cases have been published in the literature. Radiation-induced laryngeal osteosarcoma is even rarer; this is only the third such case to be reported. A 59-year-old man underwent radiotherapy for an...

Rosai-Dorfman disease with isolated laryngeal involvement

October 4, 2012  |  Elisa A. Illing, MD; Stacey L. Halum, MD


Rosai-Dorfman disease is a rare histiocyte disorder that is typically characterized by massive cervical lymphadenopathy. Isolated extranodal involvement is uncommon, and isolated laryngeal involvement is extremely rare. We report an unusual case of Rosai-...

Prostate cancer metastatic to the larynx: A case report

September 7, 2012  |  Edward E. Katime, MD; Jasvir S. Khurana, MD; Oneida A. Arosarena, MD


Prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer among men, rarely metastasizes to the neck. We report a case of prostatic carcinoma that metastasized to the larynx in a 71-year-old man who presented with hoarseness and shortness of breath. Computed...

The effect of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on laryngopharyngeal sensitivity

September 7, 2012  |  Nicola A. Clayton, MScMed, BAppSc; Giselle D. Carnaby-Mann, MPH, PhD; Matthew J. Peters, MD; Alvin J. Ing, MBBS, MD


Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be at increased risk of aspiration secondary to impaired swallow function. One possible cause of this impairment is a reduction in laryngopharyngeal sensitivity. The relationship between COPD and...

Primary laryngeal NK/T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma: A case report

July 5, 2012  |  Draško Cikojević, MD, PhD; Ivo Glunčić, MD, PhD; Valdi Pešutić-Pisac, MD, PhD; Marisa Klančnik, MD, PhD; Zaviša Čolović, MD


The estimated prevalence of extranodal non-Hodgkin lymphoma ranges from 10 to 35% of all cases; a finding in the larynx is extremely rare. We describe the case of a 77-year-old man who presented for evaluation of a 1-month history of minor swallowing...


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