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July 1973

Mucocele of the Larynx as a Sequela of Carcinoma

Author Affiliations

From St. Luke s Hospital, Cleveland.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1973;98(1):60-62. doi:10.1001/archotol.1973.00780020064017

Symptomatic laryngoceles are not a common disease entity in man. Infected laryngoceles or pyoceles are even less common. Actual reports of mucoceles of the larynx are practically nonexistent in the medical literature.

This report concerns the development of a large mucocele of the larynx in a 75-year-old white man who had undergone a laryngofissure and left cordectomy for a carcinoma of the vocal cord some five years earlier. The mucocele occurred in conjunction with a recurrence of the carcinoma. The patient received cobalt irradiation therapy to control the carcinoma. The mucocele was followed for another four years and was finally excised because of symptoms of tenderness and pressure.

The case is reported because of the rare finding of the mucocele as opposed to a laryngocele and also because of the association between the recurrent carcinoma and the development of the mucocele.

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