Other Names for this Disease
- Posterior laryngeal cleft (PLC)
- Type 1A (minor laryngeal cleft)
- Anterior submucous laryngeal cleft (subtype)
- Congenital laryngeal clefts (subtype)
- Cleft, larynx posterior
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Medical and feeding therapies are often the first treatments for patients with laryngeal cleft (particularly type I and type II). Prevention of gastroesophageal reflux is also important in all types of clefts. Type I clefts often correct themselves over time with growth. During infancy, nursing in the upright position or thickening of formula may be necessary. If these treatments are not enough, surgery may be recommended. Different surgical approaches have been proposed for the management of laryngeal cleft. The timing and approach of surgery may differ depending upon the severity of symptoms, associated abnormalities, and type of cleft.
Last updated: 9/2/2011
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