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Venous Ectasia: A Potential Mimicker for Laryngocele Radiology Covers the Road

Gaurav Ashish

Keywords : Color flow Doppler ultrasound,Computed tomography,Ectasia,Internal jugular vein,Laryngocele

Citation Information : Ashish G. Venous Ectasia: A Potential Mimicker for Laryngocele Radiology Covers the Road. Int J Otorhinolaryngol Clin 2015; 7 (2):64-67.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10003-1190

Published Online: 01-08-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.



Venous ectasia is rare causes of neck mass. Among neck veins, ectasia of the internal jugular vein (IJV) are extremely uncommon. However, this is to be kept in mind when considering differentials for laryngocele.


To recognize the similarities between laryngocele and ectasias of the IJV and the differences in their presentation and management.

Study design



Tertiary care hospital, India.


Presenting a 7-year-old boy with a left-sided soft, non-tender neck mass that fluctuated in size with coughing and straining for the past 1 year, presentation classical of laryngocele. Computed tomography (CT) demonstrated marked asymmetrical dilatation of the left IJV in the neck. Color-flow Doppler ultrasonography revealed a solitary cystic lesion with evidence of high venous blood flow in the IJV area. The relevance of radiological evaluation in neck swelling is being highlighted.

How to cite this article

Ashish G, Kurien M. Venous Ectasia: A Potential Mimicker for Laryngocele Radiology Covers the Road. Int J Otorhinolaryngol Clin 2015;7(2):64-67.

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