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Vallecular cysts in the pediatric population

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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Antwerp University Hospital, Edegem, Belgium

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Department of Pediatrics, Antwerp University Hospital, Edegem, Belgium

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Department of Anesthesiology, Antwerp University Hospital, Edegem, Belgium

B-ENT 2021; 17: 42-44
DOI: 10.5152/B-ENT.2021.20150
Read: 144 Downloads: 85 Published: 02 July 2021

Vallecular cysts (VCs) are a rare clinical entity in infants. In this report, we discuss 4 infants presenting with respiratory and feeding problems caused by VCs. The diagnosis was established by awake flexible endoscopy and was confirmed and treated using direct laryngoscopy. Marsupialization, with cold steel microsurgical instruments, was performed in all cases. General anesthesia proved to be challenging. Of the 4 cases, 3 had coexisting laryngomalacia that resolved spontaneously over time. Histopathology confirmed the benign character of the cyst. In general, postoperative course after marsupialization was favorable with no recurrence of VC and the initial symptoms.

Cite this article as: Viskens AS, Van der Poel N, Verhulst S, Saldien V, Vanderveken OM, Boudewyns A. Vallecular cysts in the pediatric population. B-ENT 2021; 17(1): 42-44.

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