Gigantic obstructing laryngeal polypi

R. H. Gilman, C. S. Karmody, M. P. Fried, R. Speth

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Most polypi are small sessile lesions attached to the free edges of the true vocal cords. Their usual presenting symptom is hoarseness. Polypi may reach a large size and these can present with choking spells, stridor, and dyspnea. Occasionally, when the attachment is stalk-like, symptoms may be intermittent as the polyp flips into and out of the glottis. Although the potentially large size of laryngeal polypi is often mentioned, only a few of these cases have been reported. In this paper we describe two cases of gigantic laryngeal polypi, both of which presented with total obstruction of the airway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-172
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1982
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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