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Unusual Cause of Dysphagia in a Post-Stroke Patient

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Abstract

Vallecular cysts are formed when the duct of a mucous gland or lingual tonsillar crypt is dilated owing to obstruction from inflammation, irritation, or trauma. Small cysts are usually asymptomatic; however, cyst growth results in dysphagia, odynophagia, and acute airway complications. As complete transoral laser excision of a vallecular cyst often results in cyst resolution and improved symptoms, proper diagnosis and management of vallecular lesions are important. We describe the evaluation and treatment of a 53-year-old man with a history of intracerebral hemorrhage in the left basal ganglia who presented with dysphagia caused by a vallecular cyst.

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Correspondence to Han Gil Seo.

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Kwon, S., Seo, H.G. Unusual Cause of Dysphagia in a Post-Stroke Patient. Dysphagia 32, 721–723 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00455-017-9796-0

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Keywords

  • Deglutition
  • Deglutition disorders
  • Vallecular cyst
  • Stroke