Diagnosis and management of cleft larynx. Literature review and case report

Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1990 Sep;99(9 Pt 1):703-8. doi: 10.1177/000348949009900907.


Laryngeal cleft is a rare congenital laryngeal anomaly that has been recognized more frequently in recent years. It can be a serious problem, consisting of separation of the arytenoids with a fissure resulting from a defect in the fusion of the posterior cricoid cartilage lamina. Dysphagia with aspiration of food is commonly seen with resultant bouts of pneumonia. Surgical repair has been successful in a handful of cases. This communication will review our institution's recent handling of a case successfully treated. The epidemiology, embryology, classification, diagnosis, and suggested treatment regimen for laryngeal cleft will also be outlined.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Larynx / abnormalities*
  • Larynx / diagnostic imaging
  • Larynx / surgery
  • Male
  • Methods
  • Radiography
  • Reoperation