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February 1984

Laryngotracheoesophageal CleftAn 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)