Laryngoptosis. Presented by Dr. J. E. Mulsow, Milwaukee.
The term "laryngoptosis" means an abnormally low position of the larynx, which may be congenital, due to developmental deficiency, or secondary to pathologic changes. I believe that to these causes trauma should be added.In the case reported, the patient had sustained an injury in an automobile accident several months prior to coming under observation. He stated that after the accident he had some difficulty in swallowing and noted a lump low down in the neck. Four or five months later he had coughing spells and difficulty in breathing and at times was hoarse. At no time did he expectorate blood. Physical examination gave essentially negative results. Roentgen examination showed the hyoid bone to be located at the level of the sixth cervical vertebra, about two vertebrae lower than the normal position. The thyroid cartilage was partly ossified and was situated at
THOMAS W. LEWIS, WALTER H. THEOBALD. CHICAGO LARYNGOLOGICAL AND OTOLOGICAL SOCIETY. Arch Otolaryngol. 1939;30(2):307–315. doi:10.1001/archotol.1939.00650060327015