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The current article aims to highlight the varied presentation and management of vallecular cysts. We report three children, aged four years, 11 months and three days, diagnosed with vallecular cyst presenting to the Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya hospital, New Delhi, India in 2018 and 2019. They were reviewed retrospectively for clinical presentation, diagnostic tools and treatment options. All three cases had respiratory and feeding difficulties. The diagnosis in all of the three cases was made with laryngoscopy (flexible/direct) and imaging. All three patients were treated with the transoral approach aimed at the excision of the cyst using cold instruments. The postoperative period was uneventful. No recurrences were observed during the long-term follow-up. Vallecular cysts should be considered as one of the differentials in children with respiratory distress and dysphagia despite being a rare anomaly. A direct transoral approach is recommended for the excision of the vallecular cyst as it is a safe and reliable method with no recurrences to date.
Keywords: Benign Cyst; Dyspnea; Dysphagia; Laryngoscopy; Case Report; India.
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