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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 8521818, 6 pages
Research Article

Laryngeal Rosai-Dorfman Disease (Sinus Histiocytosis with Massive Lymphadenopathy): A Retrospective Study of 5 Cases

Department of ENT, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Jian Wang

Received 15 February 2017; Revised 23 May 2017; Accepted 5 June 2017; Published 9 July 2017

Academic Editor: Yin-Cheng Huang

Copyright © 2017 Yanyan Niu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study was performed to investigate the clinical manifestations, treatment methods, and prognosis of Rosai-Dorfman disease (RDD) with laryngeal involvement. Five clinical cases of RDD with laryngeal involvement diagnosed between 1986 and 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. The laryngeal lesions of these 5 patients mostly involved the glottis and subglottis, with the main symptoms being a hoarse voice and airway obstruction. In addition, the patients mostly exhibited a unilateral or asymmetric onset that was manifested by a laryngeal submucosal nodular mass. The patients were subjected to a regimen of hormone treatment combined with surgical resection. The median follow-up duration was 101 months (8–384 months). One case was lost, and the remaining 4 subjects are alive with disease. The follow-up examinations revealed that 4 subjects had stable laryngeal conditions, whereas one showed minor progression. RDD with laryngeal involvement is clinically rare and differs considerably from classical RDD in age of onset, gender composition, and extranodal involvement. The regimen of hormone treatment combined with surgical resection can stabilize the patient’s general condition and laryngeal lesion. Tracheotomies are recommended for patients with dyspnea. After their conditions stabilize, decannulation can be successfully performed in most cases. This therapeutic regimen generally delivers a good prognosis.