Cricoid abscess presenting as progressive dyspnea

Emily Newstrom, Timothy Fan, Lauren Welby, Randall Holdgraf

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Laryngeal abscess, especially in the posterior larynx and cricoid region, is a rare entity with potential for high morbidity and mortality. The most common etiologies for such abscesses include trauma, prolonged intubation, and supraglottic infection. This case report describes a patient with cricoid abscess of unknown etiology but with a remote history of trauma and intubation. He initially presented with progressive dyspnea and hoarseness, with no signs or symptoms consistent with infection. The report describes airway management techniques and a unique approach to draining the posterior cricoid fluid collection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-228
Number of pages2
JournalBaylor University Medical Center Proceedings
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Cricoid abscess
  • intubation
  • laryngeal abscess
  • laryngeal trauma
  • stridor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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