Journal of Clinical and Investigative Surgery
Gabriel V. Berteșteanu1,2, Alexandru Nicolaescu1,2, Radu C. Popescu1,2, Bogdan Popescu1,2, Liliana Nițu2, Oana Păun2, Beatrice C. Antonie2, Paula Pașcu2, Raluca Grigore1,2
1Carol Davila University, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Bucharest, Romania
2Colțea Clinical Hospital, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Bucharest, Romania
Laryngocele is a rare pathology, but because of their clinical evolution and the symptoms they generate, they should always be considered as a differential diagnosis when investigating neck masses. A laryngocele is basically a herniation of the mucosa of the laryngeal ventricle (Morgagni's ventricle) arising usually from the saccular region. This herniation may remain confined to the larynx - in which case the laryngocele is internal- or expand through the thyro-hyoid membrane into the structures of the neck - thus being called an external laryngocele. Usually the laryngocele has both an internal and external component thus being a mixed laryngocele. Diagnosis of laryngoceles still relies heavily on clinical signs such as tympanism, easily depressible neck mass, indirect laryngoscopy, but is now simplified by imagistic investigations (ultrasound, CT and MRI). However, the treatment of this condition is exclusively surgical and consists of total excision of the laryngocele, as well as proper identification of the point of origin from the saccule and also the final suture of the breach in order to prevent recurrence. Investigation of possible causes of obstruction of the laryngeal ventricle should always be performed (because of the possibility of an underlying malignancy) as well as a follow-up protocol of the patient, given the risk of relapse. We present a recently diagnosed case of a 32 year old man with mixed laryngocele, which we have operated in our clinic.