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February 1957

LaryngoceleReport of a Bilateral Case

Author Affiliations

New Orleans

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1957;65(2):148-152. doi:10.1001/archotol.1957.03830200044006

The purpose of this paper on laryngocele is twofold. First, it is my desire to call your attention to a rare swelling of the neck that presents no great difficulty in diagnosis if one keeps it in mind. Secondly, I wish to add a case to the list of less than a hundred reported laryngoceles in the literature, of which very few were bilateral.8 Only 14 cases of laryngocele were reported in a 10-year period.1

A laryngocele is defined as a cystic dilatation of the saccule or laryngeal appendix of the ventricle of Morgagni, and, depending on the extent of its development, it may be classified as internal, external, or combined.1,5,6 An internal laryngocele is one that is internal to the thyrohyoid membrane, while the external type has herniated through the membrane into the superficial tissues of the neck. It is doubtful if the internal portion of

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