Larynx, hypopharynx & trachea

Inflammatory / infectious lesions

Contact ulcer

Topic Completed: 1 November 2013

Minor changes: 2 March 2021

Copyright: 2002-2021,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Contact ulcer [title] larynx

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Contact ulcer. website. Accessed November 27th, 2021.
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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