Article Text

Download PDFPDF
Oncocytic cyst of the larynx: a rare finding
  1. Samantha Baird1,
  2. Halina Mann1,
  3. Cesar M Salinas-La Rosa2 and
  4. Halil Ozdemir1
  1. 1 Otolaryngology, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 Anatomical Pathology, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Samantha Baird,{at}


A 75-year-old woman presented with an 18-month history of severe, slowly worsening dysphonia. She was a smoker and known to have multiple benign cystic thyroid lesions. She reported no associated symptoms and other medical and social history was unremarkable. Fibreoptic nasendoscopy revealed a right-sided supraglottic cyst appearing to arise from the right false vocal cord. Further bedside examination was unremarkable. She underwent microlaryngoscopy and biopsy which showed a cyst originating from the right anterior ventricle, successfully removed without rupture using cold steel. Formal histopathology revealed a 14×10×7 mm unilocular, completely excised cyst lined by oncocytic epithelium and composed of columnar cells with darkly stained nuclei and abundant granular, eosinophilic cytoplasm. Three weeks postoperatively the patient’s voice had returned to normal. To date, 11 months postoperatively, there is no evidence of recurrence, and she will continue long-term follow-up.

Statistics from


  • Contributors SB, HM and HO planned the research. SB and HM designed the research. SB analysed the case and SB, HM, CMSLR and HO wrote the paper. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.