Epiglottic cyst causing dysphagia and impending airway obstruction

Am J Otolaryngol. May-Jun 2015;36(3):492-3. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2015.02.002. Epub 2015 Feb 3.


Laryngeal cysts are relatively rare benign lesions of the larynx. Congenital cysts can cause neonatal respiratory distress and death, but airway obstruction due to acquired cysts in adults is rare. We present a case report of 51-year-old male with dysphagia who was found to have a mobile pedunculated epiglottic cyst that intermittently caused partial obstruction of the laryngeal inlet. Patient was taken to operating room and following transoral fiberoptic intubation, endoscopic excision of this cyst was accomplished. Patient's postoperative course was uneventful.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / etiology*
  • Cysts / complications*
  • Cysts / diagnosis
  • Cysts / surgery
  • Deglutition Disorders / etiology*
  • Epiglottis*
  • Humans
  • Laryngeal Diseases / complications*
  • Laryngeal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Laryngeal Diseases / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged