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Case Reports in Surgery
Volume 2015, Article ID 504791, 3 pages
Case Report

Photodocumentation of the Development of Type I Posterior Glottic Stenosis after Intubation Injury

1Department of Head and Neck Surgery, University of California-Los Angeles, 10833 Le Conte Avenue 62-132 CHS, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
2Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA
3Department of Surgery, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, San Antonio Military Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-6200, USA

Received 19 December 2014; Accepted 18 January 2015

Academic Editor: Giulio Melloni

Copyright © 2015 Nelson Scott Howard 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.


Bilateral vocal fold immobility may result from bilateral recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis or physiologic insults to the airway such as glottic scars. The progression of mucosal injury to granulation tissue, and then posterior glottis stenosis, is an accepted theory but has not been photodocumented. This paper presents serial images from common postintubation injury to less common posterior glottic stenosis with interarytenoid synechia.