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Omega epiglottis

The omega epiglottis is a variant configuration of the normal epiglottis in which the lateral folds are curled inwards. The configuration is not necessarily pathologic but has been associated with higher rates of laryngomalacia 3

Differential diagnosis

When seen on lateral neck radiograph, an omega epiglottis can appear prominent, mimicking the epiglottic thickening seen in epiglottitis 1,4. Thus, the normal variant represents a potential pitfall in evaluating neck radiographs.

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

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rID: 6281
Section: Anatomy
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Omega-shaped epiglottis

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  • Figure 1: omega shaped epiglottis
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