Chronic non-granulomatous supraglottitis: A rare and difficult disease

L. G. Ledgerwood, Peter C Belafsky

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Objectives: To examine chronic non-granulomatous supraglottitis, a rare disorder of uncertain aetiology with few reported cases in the literature. Case reports: We describe two cases of chronic non-granulomatous supraglottitis that led to persistent respiratory compromise. Patients underwent extensive investigation that failed to reveal a definitive diagnosis. Conclusion: In patients suffering from chronic inflammation of the supraglottic larynx without evidence of infection, neoplasm or granulomatous disease, many disorders must be ruled out in order to diagnose chronic non-granulomatous supraglottitis, which is a diagnosis of exclusion. We review the literature on this rare entity, discuss current management strategies, and suggest an algorithm for diagnostic investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)854-857
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012


  • Dysphagia
  • Dyspnea
  • Epiglottitis
  • Hydroxychloroquine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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