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Laryngoscope. 2016 Apr;126(4):945-8. doi: 10.1002/lary.25555. Epub 2015 Aug 22.

Proliferative laryngitis with airway obstruction in an adult: Consider herpes.

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1
School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
2
Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri (present-).
3
Department of Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
4
Department of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Abstract

Few cases of herpes simplex virus (HSV) affecting the larynx have been reported in the literature. Although HSV laryngitis appears to present with nonspecific symptoms, this is a potentially serious condition that can rapidly progress to unnecessary morbidity and mortality if not identified and treated accordingly. We report a case of HSV laryngitis in an individual with well controlled human immunodeficiency virus infection and perform a comprehensive literature review of HSV laryngitis in adults. From this case report and review of the literature, we advocate early diagnostic biopsy of unusual or poorly responsive laryngeal lesions for pathology, culture, and virology studies.

KEYWORDS:

Voice/dysphonia; airway obstruction; herpes simplex virus; laryngitis

PMID:
26297873
DOI:
10.1002/lary.25555
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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