Larynx, hypopharynx & trachea

Inflammatory / infectious lesions


Topic Completed: 1 October 2012

Minor changes: 3 March 2021

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PubMed Search: Trachea diphtheria

Adriana Handra-Luca, M.D., Ph.D.
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Cite this page: Handra-Luca A. Diphtheria. website. Accessed December 3rd, 2021.
Definition / general
  • Tracheal involvement in pharyngeal / laryngeal diphtheria is uncommon
  • Late appearance of grey brown thick and firm false membranes of pharynx and larynx
  • Death occurs rarely in nonimmunized children (Vestn Otorinolaringol 1995;(2):31)
Case reports
Gross images

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6 year old child's trachea
and major bronchi with mucosa
damaged by toxin produced by
Corynebacterium diphtheriae

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