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December 1962

Laryngocele Ventricularis

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;76(6):568-573. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740050582016

Laryngocele ventricularis is a dilatation or herniation of the sacculus or appendix of the laryngeal ventricle.

By 1951, 98 cases of laryngocele had appeared in the world literature.1 Subsequently an additional 76 cases have been reported. Thus a total of 174 cases have proved interesting enough clinically to have been published. Those cases discovered incidentally at postmortem examinations have not been included.2,3

The saccule of the ventricle was described by Morgagni in 1761.4 It develops as an outpouching of the laryngeal cavity towards the end of the second intrauterine month, and is always of relatively large size in the newborn. Regression begins around the age of 6 years.5 In 25% of 22 fetuses and newborns, the saccule extended above the level of the upper border of the thyroid cartilage.6 The mouth of the saccule is situated in the anterior third of the roof of the

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