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October 1932


Arch Otolaryngol. 1932;16(4):538-543. doi:10.1001/archotol.1932.00630040550008

Diverticula of the larynx are rare. Larrey1 was probably the first to give an accurate description of this condition, in 1829. He found examples of these "air tumors" in Egypt in living persons. They were observed in some of the persons who had shouted the verses of the Koran from the minarets for a number of years. He thought that these diverticula were similar to the buccal pouches of apes, in which food is stored or hidden. According to Shambaugh and Lewis2 "they are the analogue of the extralaryngeal extension of the ventricle found in howling monkeys."

Anatomic descriptions of the laryngeal diverticula have been given by Bennett,3 Gruber4 and Meyer.5 Meyer's description is quoted by Shambaugh and Lewis,2 as follows :

In this specimen the appendix of the ventricle passed upward as a cylindrical body, between the epiglottis and the inner surface of the