Larynx, hypopharynx & trachea

Inflammatory / infectious lesions

Contact ulcer

Last author update: 1 November 2013
Last staff update: 30 June 2022

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PubMed Search: Contact ulcer larynx

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Contact ulcer. website. Accessed August 10th, 2022.
Definition / general
  • Also called granulomatous ulcer, posterior commissure ulcer
  • At level of posterior commissure, near vocal process of arytenoid cartilage
  • May recur after local excision but eventually subsides
  • Conservative (don't excise) because surgical trauma may cause recurrence
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Ulcerated or hyperplastic epithelium (occasionally pseudoepitheliomatous hyperplasia), overlying exuberant granulation tissue
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