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April 1943


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology of the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1943;37(4):552-557. doi:10.1001/archotol.1943.00670030564008

In general, the occurrence of cysts in the larynx is rare. Beschorner1 in 1877 saw 45 cysts among 693 polypoid growths. Of more than 722 benign tumors of the larynx seen at the Mayo Clinic, only 35 have been diagnosed as cysts.2 Of these, only 3 have involved the appendix of the ventricle, like the one we are reporting. In scanning the literature, a survey reveals that the number of cysts of this type is relatively limited.

As far back as 1860, Ulrich3 collected a number of cases in which the cysts included 50 on the vocal cords, 8 in the sinus of Morgagni and 8 in the arytenoid region. Moure,4 in 1880, had observed 68 cases and Wolfenden5 165. Since that time, a great number of publications of case reports accompanied by drawings have found their way into print, and several theories about the origin of cysts have been