An Unusual Cause of Foreign-Body Sensation in the Throat: A Displaced Superior Cornu of the Thyroid Cartilage

@article{Karaman2011AnUC,
  title={An Unusual Cause of Foreign-Body Sensation in the Throat: A Displaced Superior Cornu of the Thyroid Cartilage},
  author={Emin Karaman and Gkioukxel Saritzali and Sait Albayram and Batuhan Kara},
  journal={ENT Journal},
  year={2011},
  volume={90},
  pages={E22 - E24}
}
Foreign-body sensation is a nonspecific symptom of aerodigestive tract diseases. We describe the case of a 42-year-old man who presented with a foreign-body sensation in the throat that was found to be caused by a displaced superior cornu of the thyroid cartilage. Such a displacement is not well known, but we believe that it may not be rare. These cases can be overlooked and misdiagnosed as chronic nonspecific pharyngitis or laryngopharyngeal reflux. However, a careful laryngoscopic examination… 

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