I am confining my comments to malignant tumor of the laryngopharynx, better known as extrinsic cancer of the larynx, which includes growths in the epiglottis, the aryepiglottic folds, the lateral and the posterior pharyngeal wall, the piriform sinus and the postcricoid region, or, in other words, in the area from the tip of the epiglottis to the opening in the esophagus.
This small area is the all too frequent site of malignant tumor at its worst, and to the laryngologist it is the field of the most interesting problems of surgery of the neck.
I agree with Beck and Guttman,1 who stated "that hypopharyngeal malignancy is not altogether a hopeless condition. If the lesion is seen early, when it is small and localized, ... some hope is present that the patient can be subjected to a successful lateral transthyroid pharyngotomy."
The area is not difficult to examine, nor is it
ORTON HB. CANCER OF THE LARYNGOPHARYNX. Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;28(3):344–354. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650040353003
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