alexa Heterotopic Epiglottic Lymphoid Tissue (HELT) Causing Recurrent Epiglottitis
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Case Report

Heterotopic Epiglottic Lymphoid Tissue (HELT) Causing Recurrent Epiglottitis

C Michael Haben* and Dating Liu

Center for the Care of the Professional Voice, Haben Practice for Voice and Laryngeal Laser Surgery, PLLC, New York, USA

Corresponding Author:
C Michael Haben, M.D, M.Sc.
Director, Center for the Care of the Professional Voice
Haben Practice for Voice and Laryngeal Laser Surgery
PLLC, New York, USA
Tel: (585) 442-1110
Fax: (585) 730-8151
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: February 07, 2014; Accepted date: April 04, 2014; Published date: April 11, 2014

Citation: Haben CM, Liu D (2014) Heterotopic Epiglottic Lymphoid Tissue (HELT) Causing Recurrent Epiglottitis. Otolaryngology 4:168. doi:10.4172/2161-119X.1000168

Copyright: © 2014 Haben CM et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Problem: A unique case of recurrent infectious epiglottitis in an immunocompetent, fully immunized, non-syndromic 23 year old female.

Method: Case report

Results: Patient was successfully managed with an endoscopic partial epiglottectomy at two years of follow-up. Pathology revealed what appears to be sub-mucosal germinally-active heterotropic lymphoid tissue within the epiglottic soft tissues as the likely cause of the recurrent epiglottitis.

Conclusions: The embryology of the lingual tonsils and epiglottis may provide a clue to the etiology of this case. Heterotrophic epiglottic lymphoid tissue may be considered a newly described, clinically significant congenital laryngeal anomaly that may not present until adulthood and should be considered in rare cases of recurrent infectious epiglottitis.


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