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A clinical and videostroboscopic evaluation of laryngeal tuberculosis

  • Pinky Agarwal (a1) and Arvind S. Bais (a1)

Abstract

A series of 31 cases of tuberculous laryngitis is reviewed to assess the diagnostic features of the disease.

The condition generally presents in males of late middle age who have pulmonary tuberculosis. It presents in a manner similar to laryngeal carcinoma except that painful dysphagia is a prominent symptom. Histological examination of biopsy material is usually the diagnostic procedure.

Stroboscopy was able to document a number of abnormalities which included abnormalities of laryngeal configuration, vibratory asymmetry, reduction of amplitude and mucosal wave. Symptoms responded well to antituberculous chemotherapy.

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Address for correspondence: Dr Pinky Agarwal, 3D Roy Street, Calcutta 700020, India. Fax: 91-11-3746705 e-mail: khannaankur@gemsvsnl.in

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