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August 1996

Acquired Laryngomalacia

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122(8):899. doi:10.1001/archotol.1996.01890200087024

In the December 1995 issue of the Archives Kelly and Gray1 presented patients with acquired as well as congenital laryngomalacia.

The first case of acquired laryngomalacia was described by Templer et al.2 In a 1988 article3 we reported on the first series of patients with acquired laryngomalacia. Although similar in many aspects, the acquired and congenital malacias result from a different set of circumstances. For this reason one might expect different outcomes. I believe that henceforth, when reporting on laryngomalacia, one must clearly differentiate between the acquired and congenital types to avoid any confusion in the interpretation of results.

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