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February 1984

Laryngotracheoesophageal Cleft: An Easily Missed Malformation

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Surgery (Drs Wolfson, Guttman, and Nguyen) and Otolaryngology (Dr Schloss), The Montreal Children's Hospital and McGill University, Montreal.

Arch Surg. 1984;119(2):228-230. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390140084016

• Laryngotracheoesophageal cleft is a rare congenital anomaly characterized by a midline defect of variable length between the posterior larynx and trachea and the anterior wall of the esophagus. This report concerns the clinical course and follow-up of three patients with this anomaly and a review of the literature. Only one of these patients had a successful repair on the first attempt. The difficulty in making the diagnosis is stressed. This anomaly is associated with a high morbidity and mortality.

(Arch Surg 1984;119:228-230)

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