Korean J Otolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2006 Oct;49(10):1039-1041.

Two Cases of Medial Displacement of the Superior Cornu of the Thyroid Cartilage without Laryngeal Injury Resulting in Foreign Body Sense in Pharynx and Larynx

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  • 1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Ulsan University College of Medicine, Ulsan University Hospital, Ulsan, Korea. jknam@medigate.net
  • 2Department of Pathology, Ulsan University College of Medicine, Ulsan University Hospital, Ulsan, Korea.

Abstract

Foreign body sensation is a nonspecific symptom of aerodigestrive tract diseases. Symptoms may be the result of gastroesophageal reflux, esophageal motility disorder, psychological factor and malignant lesion. Rarely, a unilateral bulging of the hypopharynx as a result of medial displaced superior cornu of the thyroid cartilage can be a reason. The appropriate diagnosis is made by fiberoptic laryngoscopy and CT scanning. Surgical removal of the portion of the superior cornu bulging toward the hypopharynx improves the foreign body sensation. We experienced two cases of medially displaced superior cornu of the thyroid cartilage without laryngeal injury. This unusual presentation is discussed with a review of the literature.

Keyword

Thyroid cartilage; Displacement

MeSH Terms

Diagnosis
Esophageal Motility Disorders
Foreign Bodies*
Gastroesophageal Reflux
Hypopharynx
Laryngoscopy
Larynx*
Pharynx*
Psychology
Sensation
Thyroid Cartilage*
Thyroid Gland*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
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