Title

Blastomycosis of the Vocal Folds With Life-Threatening Upper Airway Obstruction: A Case Report

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2002

Description

Blastomycosis is a chronic fungal disease that primarily affects the lower respiratory tract. The acute inflammatory phase of the primary pulmonary infection is characterized by a lymphohematogenous spread to extrapulmonary sites, especially the skin. The presence of disseminated infection with Blastomyces dermatitidis in the larynx is unusual. In areas of the United States where this fungus is endemic, failure to consider laryngeal involvement might lead to inappropriate therapy and thus worsening inflammation and airway compromise.

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