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Clinical Note
September 2007

Superior Laryngeal Neuralgia After Acute Laryngitis and Treatment With a Single Injection of a Local Anesthetic

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Otorhinolaryngology (Drs Aydin and Ozturk) and Radiology (Dr Anik), Medical School of Kocaeli University, Kocaeli, Turkey.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;133(9):934-935. doi:10.1001/archotol.133.9.934

Superior laryngeal neuralgia is described as a rare disorder characterized by severe pain in the lateral aspect of the throat, submandibular region, and underneath the ear, precipitated by swallowing, shouting, or turning the head. A trigger point is present on the lateral aspect of the throat overlying the thyrohyoid membrane. The etiology of superior laryngeal neuralgia is unclear, although infections may precipitate this disease.

We discuss herein the diagnosis and treatment of a patient with superior laryngeal neuralgia after having acute laryngitis.

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