Photo Gallery of Throat Disorders
Note: For a much larger gallery of photos, see our new standalone educational website, Bastian Medical Media for Laryngology.
Epidermoid Cyst, Open
Open epidermoid cyst. Note mottled appearance, white color of cyst contents, bilaterality, and small divot at arrow showing point of leakage but not complete emptying of cyst contents (OR).
Posterior commissure synechiae after prolonged intubation. The posterior part of the vocal folds are tethered together, preventing full opening during breathing (OR).
Severe injury from prolonged intubation. There are divots at posterior 1/3 of each vocal fold. Thin dark line demonstrates expected continuation of fold, to accentuate the divot (small black arrow). Subglottic stenosis seen faintly in the receding darkness below the folds (OR).
Laryngitis sicca, with crusting of dry, green mucus especially undersurface of the folds. Though a rare long-term complication, may be seen after laryngeal irradiation for cancer (Lab).
Faint line of glottic sulcus at arrow. Essentially the result of a cyst that has completely emptied of its contents (OR).
Same patient, while instrument holds one lip of the sulcus, splaying it open to reveal the empty “pocket” (OR).
Cancer involving the supraglottic larynx. The airway (dark area) and vocal fold are partially obscured by out-growing tumor (Lab).
Ulcerative supraglottitis. This form is an atypical, extremely painful, but less fulminant case, possibly viral in origin (Lab).
Glottic Cancer, Laser
Same larynx, after removal is complete. With healing over the next several months, the deficit “fills in” and voice result is often surprisingly good (OR).
Tracheal Papillomas (RRP)
Papillomas in patient with recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) involving subglottis and very high trachea (Lab).
Tracheal stenosis seen below the vocal folds in the high trachea. This may be caused rarely by injury from long-term breathing tube, tracheotomy, blunt trauma, or other influences (Lab).
Bilateral moderate-sized nodular swellings. Left larger than right; whitish discoloration left is mucus (Lab).