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August 1972

Bifid Epiglottis: Report of a Case

Author Affiliations

Buffalo, NY
From the Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, State University of New York Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, Buffalo. Dr. DelMonico is now in private practice in Norwich, NY.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1972;96(2):178-181. doi:10.1001/archotol.1972.00770090252020

A case of bifid epiglottis is reported in which the main symptom was aspiration with feeding, which lessened with age as the epiglottis halves became more rigid. This case differs from a prior case report in which the symptoms were those of laryngeal obstruction, necessitating a tracheostomy and eventual amputation of the epiglottis for cure. The embryology of the epiglottis is discussed.