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Suprahyoid pharyngotomy for excision of laryngeal venous malformation

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January 25, 2012
by Unnikrishnan K. Menon, MS(ENT), DNB(ENT), N.V. Deepthi, MBBS, and Indudharan R. Menon, MS(ENT), DLO, DNB(ENT)


We report an uncommon case of symptomatic venous malformation of the larynx in a 22-year-old man, and the successful surgical management thereof. A detailed radiologic investigation of the lesion was done, followed by surgical excision via a suprahyoid pharyngotomy using cold instruments. Long-term follow-up was maintained, and the patient had subjective and objective resolution of his symptoms and signs at 3 years postoperatively. We conclude that radiology can reveal hitherto unsuspected extensions of vascular malformations in the neck and that surgical excision is a viable mode of treatment in upper aerodigestive venous malformations.

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