As has been made clear throughout this textbook, the larynx serves three key functions: voice, breathing, and swallowing. Laryngeal cleft is a congenital anomaly of the larynx that can impair two of these three processes; it may be entirely asymptomatic or may present with significant breathing and feeding problems. In severe cases, laryngeal cleft may cause life-threatening compromise of these functions requiring prompt intervention. This chapter reviews this condition in detail and presents our approach to its work-up and management. The reader should note that some controversy exists about specific aspects of laryngeal cleft diagnosis and management; we have discussed these issues in the body of the chapter.
KeywordsLaryngeal cleft Laryngotracheoesophageal cleft Open repair of laryngotracheal cleft Congenital laryngeal cleft Congenital anomalies of the larynx
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