Vocal Fold

Asymptomatic anterior glottic web

October 26, 2011     Jamie Eaglin, MD, Farhad R. Chowdhury, MD, and Robert Thayer Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Papilloma: A diagnostic near miss

August 15, 2011     Courtney A. Abshier, MD, Rima A. DeFatta, MD, Johnathan B. Sataloff, and Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Anterior and posterior glottic webs

July 13, 2011     Jennifer M. Cannady, MA CCC-SLP and Lee A. Reussner, MD

Bilateral vocal fold polyps with occult sulcus mucosal bridge

June 13, 2011     Colleen N. Johnson, MD, MPH, MAJ USAF and Robert L. Eller, MD, MAJ USAF

Laryngeal coccidioidomycosis with vocal fold paralysis

April 30, 2011     Jacqui E. Allen, MBChB, FRACS and Peter C. Belafsky, MD, PhD


We present the case of a 52-year-old woman with recurrent disseminated coccidioidomycosis involving the larynx that was associated with vocal fold paralysis. The diagnosis was confirmed by histologic biopsy, and the patient had an excellent response to systemic antifungal treatment. However, her vocal fold motion did not return. We also review the current world literature.

Reinke edema: Signs, symptoms, and findings on strobovideolaryngoscopy

March 31, 2011     Danielle Gainor, MD, Farhad R. Chowdhury, DO, and Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Vocal fold varicosities

February 1, 2011     Stephanie Austin, MSIV, Venu Divi, MD, Mary Hawkshaw, BSN, RN, CORLN, and Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Large vocal fold polyp

January 1, 2011     Venu Divi, MD, Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, and Jacqueline Oxenberg, DO

Laryngeal keratosis with underlying invasive carcinoma

December 17, 2010     Sampan S. Bist, MS, Saurabh Varshney, MS, Rakesh Kumar, MS, Sanjeev Bhagat, MS, and Nitin Gupta, MS

Laryngeal alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma involving the true vocal fold in an adult: Case report

December 17, 2010     Douglas D. Leventhal, MD, Joseph Spiegel, MD, and William Keane, MD


Rhabdomyosarcoma of the larynx is extremely rare in adults, as only 17 well-documented cases have been previously reported in the English-language literature. Of these, only 2 cases (both male) involved the alveolar subtype of rhabdomyosarcoma, and neither involved the true vocal folds. We report a case of alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma of the true vocal fold in 54-year-old woman. She was successfully treated with conservative surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Management of head and neck rhabdomyosarcoma has evolved from radical surgery to less morbid procedures supplemented with radiation and chemotherapy. However, because this tumor is so rare in the adult population, no adult-specific treatment regimen has emerged. Nevertheless, the success of treatment in the pediatric population supports its use in adults.

Botulinum toxin-assisted endoscopic repair of traumatic vocal fold avulsion

August 31, 2010     Rima F. Abraham, MD, Stanley Shapshay, MD, and Lisa Galati, MD


Blunt traumatic laryngeal injury in children often leads to intralaryngeal soft-tissue damage, which can quickly compromise an already small airway. Injuries requiring operative intervention have historically been repaired via open approaches such as thyrotomy and laryngofissure. These approaches carry significant long-term sequelae that can compromise the airway, deglutition, and voice. We describe a safe and effective alternative to open repair that includes the use of a botulinum toxin chemical myotomy to ensure optimal healing. We used this procedure to treat a 13-year-old boy who had experienced a traumatic avulsion of the true vocal folds. Postoperatively, his voice outcome was satisfactory, as evidenced by a marked improvement in his pediatric Voice Handicap Index score. No complication or compromise of the airway or swallowing occurred, and resolution of the botulinum effect was observed by 6 months postoperatively. The endoscopic approach supplemented by botulinum toxin injection avoids scarring and allows for safe postoperative extubation. Compared with open repair, it is associated with a shorter hospital stay and a lower risk of stenosis and fibrosis.

Laryngeal leiomyoma

July 31, 2010     Thomas Q. Gallagher, DO, LCDR, MC, USN and John T. Sinacori, MD, FACS
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