Laryngeal cyst

Laryngeal cysts can occur in any part of larynx, but are more frequent on supraglottic locations, such as epiglottis and vallecula. The prevalence of each location varies on different studies. 

The laryngeal cysts represent a rare group, about 5%, of benign laryngeal lesions 1. There is no gender predilection 3.

Normally they are examination findings in patients with nonspecific symptoms or totally asymptomatic. Patients could have laryngeal stridor or dyspnea 2.

The lesions can cause significant respiratory obstruction and even death if not properly treated. 

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Different forms of treatment have been described for laryngeal cysts, such as aspiration, marsupialization with laser ablation and complete excision. Recurrence is directly related to the maintenance of remnants of the cyst wall 2.

General imaging differential considerations include

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Article information

rID: 24589
System: Head & Neck
Section: Gamuts
Tags: cases, stub
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Epiglottic cysts
  • Epiglottic cyst
  • Vallecula cyst
  • Laryngeal cysts
  • Vallecula cysts

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