“Occult” posterior laryngeal cleft

Gabriel F. Tucker, John Maddalozzo*

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A previously undescribed deficiency of the posterior cricoid at the midline, wherein the mucosa overlying this deficiency is intact, is described. Clinically this presents as a variety of subglottic stenoses wherein the narrowing is primarily in the transverse subglottic diameter; the symptoms are, therefore, those of airway obstruction not laryngeal incompetence. It is suggested that this deformity has been previously overlooked by laryngologists and pathologists by virtue of a postmortem routine in which the larynx is routinely split in the posterior midline. Demonstration in these cases was by serial horizontal section of the intact, unsplit, whole larynx.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-704
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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