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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2012, Article ID 147503, 3 pages
Case Report

Congenital Tongue Base Cyst Presenting with Laryngeal Stridor in Youth: A Case Report

ENT Head and Neck Surgery Department, Hassan II University Hospital, 30000 Road Sidi Hrazem, BP 1893 Fez, Morocco

Received 14 May 2012; Accepted 26 July 2012

Academic Editors: Y. Baba, K. Morshed, and M. S. Timms

Copyright © 2012 Zouheir Zaki 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.


Introduction. Tongue base cyst is an uncommon but potentially dangerous cause of stridor in neonates and infants. Case Presentation. We report a case of a 2-month-old Arabic male infant with a congenital tongue base cyst revealed by inspiratory stridor and recurrent respiratory distress. Diagnosis of cyst was suspected at endoscopy and confirmed by MRI imaging. The cyst was marsupialized with CO2 laser. One year later, the child remains asymptomatic without recurrence of the mass. Conclusion. Tongue base cysts should be considered in differential diagnosis in new borns with stridor, respiratory difficulties, or swallowing problems. Definitive therapy requires large marsupialization under general anesthesia.