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J Laryngol Otol. 1992 May;106(5):416-9.

Surgical approach to submucosal lesions of the supraglottic larynx: the supero-lateral thyrotomy.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Montefiore Medical Centre, Bronx, NY.


The surgical approach to the hypopharynx by lateral pharyngotomy as described by Trotter has found widespread use in management of supraglottic carcinoma. A similar but more conservative approach may be employed for removal of cysts and benign or well-encapsulated neoplasms of the epiglottis and supraglottic space. We call this approach a supero-lateral thyrotomy, to differentiate it from the classic lateral pharyngotomy. Surgery consists of subperichondrial resection of the superior half of the ipsilateral thyroid cartilage with preservation of internal lining and superior laryngeal nerve. The lesion may then be enucleated or resected, and the defect, if any exists, closed with overlying mucosa and the flap of preserved perichondrium. The technique has been employed in cases of paraganglioma, haemangiopericytoma and saccular cysts.

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