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Corniculate Cartilages Are Wrongly Labeled Arytenoid Cartilages

Benumof, Jonathan L. M.D.

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To the Editor:—

The corniculate cartilages are commonly and wrongly referred to as the arytenoid cartilages. This common misconception is well illustrated by the labeling of the figure on the cover of the May 2005 issue of Anesthesiology and its accompanying article.1 The bilateral spherical bulges at the five o’clock and seven o’clock positions on the most proximal part of the laryngeal aperture are the corniculate cartilages,2 not the arytenoid cartilages.
Jonathan L. Benumof, M.D.
UCSD Medical Center, San Diego, California. jbenumof@ucsd.edu
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1. Johnson D, From AM, Smith RB, From RP, Maktabi MA: Endoscopic study of mechanisms of failure of endotracheal tube advancement into the trachea during awake fiberoptic orotracheal intubation. Anesthesiology 2005; 102:910–4

2. Gray H: Anatomy of the Human Body. Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1918

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