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Laryngoscope. 1997 Feb;107(2):260-5.

Endoscopic CO2 laser excision of large or recurrent laryngeal saccular cysts in adults.

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Department of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor 48109-0312, USA.


Saccular cysts are uncommon disorders that represent cystic dilatation of the laryngeal saccule. They are distinguished from laryngoceles by their lack of lumenal continuity with the endolarynx, and the fact that they are not air filled. Voice change is the most common clinical presentation in adults, whereas airway compromise is more common in infants. Management recommendations range from observation of asymptomatic lesions, to endoscopic marsupialization or excision, to excision through a laryngotomy or the thyrohyoid membrane. The literature states that large or recurrent saccular cysts require the exposure afforded by a transcervical approach. This report describes complete endoscopic laser excision of large, symptomatic saccular cysts in seven adults. Four of the seven patients were referred with recurrent cysts after the failure of endoscopic marsupialization procedures. None required tracheotomy, and only three of seven were observed overnight in the hospital. Surgical technique with emphasis on complete excision, pre- and postoperative radiographic and surgical anatomy, and treatment outcome are discussed.

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