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Clinical Note
May 1998

Laryngeal Obstructing Saccular Cysts: A Review of This Disease and Treatment Approach Emphasizing Complete Endoscopic Carbon Dioxide Laser Excision

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1998;124(5):593-596. doi:10.1001/archotol.124.5.593

Airway-obstructing saccular cysts in adults are rare laryngeal anomalies. Treatment with tracheotomy may be needed for control of the airway, often followed by marsupialization of the cyst wall. Unfortunately, recurrence rates are high following marsupialization. We describe 2 patients with saccular cysts obstructing the airway and discuss airway management and the results following complete endoscopic carbon dioxide laser excision. Both patients had normal voice and swallowing function postoperatively and are disease free.

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