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Clinical Note
December 2006

A Cytomegalovirus-Associated Mass Presenting With Laryngeal Obstruction

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Head and Neck Institute (Drs Friedman, Byrd, and Lorenz) and Departments of General Anesthesiology (Dr Maurer) and Clinical Pathology (Dr Cook), Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006;132(12):1375-1378. doi:10.1001/archotol.132.12.1375

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a ubiquitous, opportunistic pathogen. Primary CMV infection occasionally causes a mononucleosis syndrome in immunocompetent patients but is more often asymptomatic. Congenital involvement leads to hearing loss and a host of irreversible neurologic sequelae, whereas the immunocompromised patient can experience chorioretinitis, enteritis, pneumonitis, or central nervous system involvement. Cytomegalovirus–related mucosal ulcerations of the oral cavity and pharynx are not uncommon to this patient population.1

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