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An unusual cause of foreign-body sensation in the throat: A displaced superior cornu of the thyroid cartilage

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June 14, 2011
by Emin Karaman, MD, Gkioukxel Saritzali, MD, Sait Albayram, MD, and Batuhan Kara, MD


Foreign-body sensation is a nonspecific symptom of aerodigestive tract diseases. We describe the case of a 42-year-old man who presented with a foreign-body sensation in the throat that was found to be caused by a displaced superior cornu of the thyroid cartilage. Such a displacement is not well known, but we believe that it may not be rare. These cases can be overlooked and misdiagnosed as chronic nonspecific pharyngitis or laryngopharyngeal reflux. However, a careful laryngoscopic examination by an otolaryngologist who considers the possibility of such a pathology may result in an accurate diagnosis, which might spare an affected patient from a lifelong pharmacotherapeutic regimen.

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