[Chronic laryngitis in adults]

Tunis Med. 2007 Aug;85(8):641-3.
[Article in French]


Background: Chronic laryngitis is a lingering inflammation of the laryngeal mucosa, caused by specific aetiology and often irritative factors.

Aim: To discuss clinic and therapeutic aspects of the pathology.

Methods: We report a retrospective stuy about 25 patients treated and followed for non specific chronic laryngitis over a period of 11 years (1994-2004).

Results: The average age of the patients was 54.2 years. Tobacco intoxication was noted in 72.7 of cases and Gastroesophageal reflux in 2 cases. The endoscopic examination of laryngeal lesions, realised in all cases, notes laryngeal keratosis in 88% of cases and congestive laryngitis in 12%. Histological analysis of the lesions reveals a dysplasia in 44% of cases. Clinical and endoscopic follow up of the patients discover malignant development in 5 patients.

Conclusion: The treatment of chronic laryngitis is based on the suppression of etiologic factors and on laryngeal microsurgery with micro instruments and with laser techniques.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laryngitis* / diagnosis
  • Laryngitis* / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies