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April 1937

LARYNGOPTOSIS: PTOSIS OF THE LARYNX DUE TO DOWNWARD DISPLACEMENT OF THE HYOID BONE RESULTING FROM FIBROSIS AND SHORTENING (CONGENITAL ANOMALY) OF THE LEFT STERNOHYOID AND STERNOTHYROID MUSCLES

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch Otolaryngol. 1937;25(4):389-392. doi:10.1001/archotol.1937.00650010443004

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Abstract

The term laryngoptosis was first applied to the abnormally low larynx by Chevalier Jackson in 1914. In 1929 he reported that he had observed sixty-seven cases. The condition is diagnosed by palpation of the front of the neck, the location of the larynx thus being determined with reference to the suprasternal notch. Chevalier Jackson called attention to the condition and its attendant difficulties, particularly in relation to tracheotomy; the cricoid cartilage is much more likely to be cut when the larynx is at the level of the suprasternal notch.

I have been able to find no case reported in which ptosis of the larynx was due to downward displacement of the hyoid bone or, in other words, secondary to ptosis of the hyoid bone; and for this reason I thought this case worthy of report.

REPORT OF A CASE  A girl aged 12 years was referred by Dr. George M.

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