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The aim of this article is to highlight the varied presentation and management of vallecular cysts. Three children with diagnosis of vallecular cyst presented in our department were reviewed retrospectively for clinical presentation, diagnostic tools and treatment options. All three cases presented with respiratory and feeding difficulty. Diagnosis in all the three cases was made with laryngoscopy (flexible/direct) and imaging. All three patients were treated by transoral approach aimed for excision of cyst using cold instruments. Postoperative period was uneventful and no recurrences were observed on the long-term follow up. Vallecular cysts should be considered as one of the differentials in children with respiratory distress and dysphagia in spite of being a rare anomaly. Direct transoral approach for excision of the vallecular cyst is recommended as a safe and reliable method with no recurrences till date.
Keywords: Vallecular Cyst; Respiratory Distress; Dysphagia; Laryngoscopy
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