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Polyps and Reinke’s Edema: Distinct Laryngeal Pathologies with Different Potential for Glottic Airway Obstruction

Butterworth, John MD; D’Hulst, Daniel MD; Oaks, Timothy MD; Dale, Sebron PA

doi: 10.1213/01.ANE.0000156696.28573.FF
Letters to the Editor: Letters & Announcements

Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, jbutter@wfubmc.edu

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In Response:

We thank Dr. Sulica for his kind remarks about our case report and for providing his operative photographs. He has nicely defined the differences between polypoid hyperplasia/Reinke edema and vocal cord polyps. Vocal cord polyps, being neither present in our patient nor germane to our discussion, were not mentioned in our report.

We have no independent data with which to dispute Dr. Sulica’s contention regarding the relative incidence of polypoid hyperplasia/Reinke edema in women and men. We cited a textbook (1). Dr. Sulica’s personal experience may differ from that of the textbook’s authors.

John Butterworth, MD

Daniel D’Hulst, MD

Timothy Oaks, MD

Sebron Dale, PA

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Winston-Salem, NC

jbutter@wfubmc.edu

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Reference

1. Bailey BJ, Calhoun KH, Healy GB, et al. Atlas of head and neck surgery—Otolaryngology, 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001.
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