Laryngopyocele is a rare complication involving the laryngocele which can present with acute airway compromise. A 31-year-old man presented with acute onset respiratory distress and dysphagia. He had swelling on either side of upper aspect of the neck with tenderness on left side. Videolaryngoscopy using 70° rigid Hopkins rod telescope showed a swelling in the left pyriform sinus pushing the ipsilateral vocal cord. However, glottic space was adequate. Contract-enhanced CT scan of the neck confirmed left-sided mixed laryngopyocele with contralateral mixed laryngocele. Patient underwent excision of both the lesions in a single stage by transcervical approach. Laryngopyocele in a case of bilateral mixed laryngocele presenting as an impending airway emergency has not been reported in literature. The diagnostic and therapeutic challenges are discussed here along with review of literature.
- ear, nose and throat/otolaryngology
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Contributors PKS: Chief surgeon, Unit Head and advisor. VM: Corresponding author, main write up of the article and analysed literature. MR and GKP: Postgraduate trainees, assistant surgeons and involved in data collection and perioperative management of the patient.
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