The Vocal Cord Polyp and Other Exudative Processes of Reinke’s Space

  • L. Michaels


Reinke’s space is a potential space of the true vocal cord bounded above and below by the junctions of squamous with respiratory epithelium, anteriorly by the anterior commissure, and posteriorly by the tip of the vocal process of the arytenoid. The squamous epithelium of the vocal cord and the elastic tissue of the vocal ligament represent the superficial and deep boundaries of Reinke’s space, respectively. It is suggested that because Reinke’s space does not possess an adequate lymph drainage, blood products may accumulate in it without resolution and give rise to tissue reactions; together the blood products and their tissue reactions in Reinke’s space constitute the vocal cord polyp and some other lesions of the true vocal cord.


Vocal Cord Blood Product True Vocal Cord Vocal Process Mucoid Material 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Michaels
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pathology and BacteriologyInstitute of Laryngology and Otology (University of London)LondonEngland
  2. 2.Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear HospitalLondonEngland

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