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June 1933

CONTACT ULCER OF THE LARYNX: PATHOLOGIC OBSERVATIONS

Author Affiliations

MILAN, ITALY
From the Instituto di Anatomia Patologica, Université di Milano.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1933;17(6):741-746. doi:10.1001/archotol.1933.03570050733001
Abstract

Contact ulcer is a particular type of chronic inflammatory laryngeal lesion localized at the vocal processes of the arytenoid cartilages and associated with typical clinical features and symptomatology. It was first described by Chevalier Jackson, who gave it the name by which it is now known. He recorded having observed two hundred and seventeen cases.1 Other cases have been reported subsequently.2 My own observation includes fifteen additional cases in all of which there were associated pathologic conditions of the nose and nasal accessory sinuses.

The name, contact ulcer, is particularly suitable because it gives a good conception of the laryngeal picture, the pathologic conditions, the etiology and the perpetuating factors of the disease on which its chronicity depends.

Of all the different types of localized chronic inflammation of the larynx, contact ulcer has the most distinct clinical characteristics. Localized manifestations of chronic laryngitis are not uncommon and

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