laryngeal saccule

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1. a little bag, sac, or pouch.
2. the smaller of the two divisions of the membranous labyrinth, which communicates with the cochlear duct by way of the ductus reuniens.
laryngeal saccule sacculus laryngis.

laryngeal saccule

a small diverticulum provided with mucous glands extending upward from the ventricle of the larynx between the vestibular fold and the lamina of the thyroid cartilage; it is a vestigial structure, being a much larger structure interdigitating with the neck musculature in some of the great apes, where it serves as a resonating chamber.

la·ryn·ge·al sac·cule

(lă-rinjē-ăl sakyūl) [TA]
Small diverticulum provided with mucous glands extending upward from ventricle of larynx between vestibular fold and lamina of thyroid cartilage.
Synonym(s): saccule of larynx.


pertaining to the larynx.

laryngeal adductory reflex, adduction test
slapping of the saddle region of a horse just behind the withers causes a flickering, adductory movement of the contralateral arytenoid cartilage in normal horses. The movement of the cartilage can be viewed endoscopically. The reflex is abolished by damage to the adductory component of the recurrent laryngeal nerve, by lesions in the spinal cord in the anterior thoracic region and by excitement. Called also slap test.
laryngeal airsacculitis
inflammation of the large air sacs found attached to the larynx in great apes.
laryngeal cartilage
includes epiglottis, thyroid, cricoid, and the paired arytenoid cartilages.
laryngeal chondritis
necrosis and ulceration of laryngeal mucosa caudal to the vocal cords; seen in calves and especially in Texel and Southdown sheep.
laryngeal chondroma
can cause laryngeal obstruction in horses.
laryngeal collapse
a cause of upper airway obstruction, particularly in brachycephalic dogs.
laryngeal congenital anomalies
epiglottal hypoplasia (horse, pig) is a rare anomaly.
laryngeal contact ulcers
are ulcerative lesions which develop at the site of minor abrasions caused by frequent contact and rubbing of the epiglottis and arytenoid cartilages.
laryngeal edema
a part of acute inflammation of the laryngeal mucosa due to infection, allergy or inhalation of irritant materials. It causes obstruction to air flow, stertor, dyspnea and potentially asphyxia.
everted laryngeal saccules
the laryngeal saccules protrude into the lumen of the larynx, become edematous and cause upper airway obstruction with increased inspiratory effort.
laryngeal fremitus
a vibration palpable at the throat with partial obstruction of the larynx.
laryngeal hemiplegia
unilateral paralysis, called also roaring, is a common condition in horses, causing a reduction in exercise tolerance and a loud stertor at exercise. Bilateral paralysis causes a more severe but similar syndrome.
laryngeal mound
a conspicuous mound in the throat of birds; carries the entrance to the larynx.
laryngeal necrobacillosis
the principal lesion in calf diphtheria.
laryngeal necrosis
occurs in outbreaks in feedlot steers at the site of contact ulcers on the larynx. The common bacteria in the lesions is Fusobacterium necrophorum.
laryngeal neoplasm
includes chondroma, papilloma.
laryngeal neuropathy
dysfuction, most commonly unilateral hemiplegia, of the recurrent layngeal nerve; see roaring.
laryngeal obstruction
may be acute or chronic, with signs varying to match. Stertor, inspiratory dyspnea and local signs, such as pain, swelling and the presence of foreign bodies, constitute the clinical syndrome.
laryngeal papilloma
occurs in feedlot steers at the site of contact ulcers on the larynx.
laryngeal paralysis
can result from lesions of the vagus or recurrent laryngeal nerves, and may be acquired or congenital. It is seen in association with hypothyroidism in dogs. An inherited laryngeal paralysis occurs in the Bouvier des Flandres breed of dogs, causing varying degrees of noisy respirations and upper airway obstruction from several months of age. In immature Dalmatian dogs it is seen as part of a more widespread polyneuropathy with megaesophagus, neurologic deficits. See also laryngeal hemiplegia (above).
laryngeal polyp
recorded in horses in association with Besnoitia spp. infection.
laryngeal pyriform recesses
permit the grazing ruminant to breathe, and to sniff the air, while eating and ruminating.
laryngeal saccule
the lining of the laryngeal ventricle.
laryngeal sounds
the normal sounds of air going in and out past the larynx, as heard with a stethoscope. When there is stenosis the sounds are loud and harsh, also called stertor; with catarrhal inflammation they are gurgling.
laryngeal spasm
a reflex constriction of the larynx because of contact with foreign material being inhaled or during administration of a gaseous anesthetic, especially in cats. May cause asphyxiation.
laryngeal sphincteric girdle
the muscles that constrict the laryngeal opening, and the cricoarytenoid, transverse arytenoid and thyroarytenoid muscles.
laryngeal stenosis
may follow laryngeal surgery, inury (particularly prolonged intubation), or infection; granulation tissue and cartilage degeneration and collapse can cause a progressive reduction in the airway.
laryngeal stertor
loud breath sounds caused by a narrowing of the laryngeal lumen.
laryngeal ulceration
common subclinical lesion in feedlot cattle; lesions are at points of apposition of vocal processes and medial angles of arytenoid processes.
laryngeal ventricle
a bilateral outpocketing of the laryngeal mucosa in the dog, pig and horse. In the dog and the horse they are between the vocal and vestibular folds in the lateral walls of the laryngeal vestibule. In the pig they are in the lateral wall of the glottis.
laryngeal ventriculectomy
removal of the mucosa lining the relevant laryngeal ventricle as a treatment of laryngeal hemiplegia in horses.
laryngeal vestibule
the short space from the entrance to the larynx to the rima glottidis.


1. a little bag or sac; a small, pouchlike cavity.
2. the smaller of the two divisions of the membranous labyrinth of the vestibule, which communicates with the cochlear duct by way of the ductus reuniens.

laryngeal saccule
sacculus laryngis.
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Computed tomography (CT) demonstrated bilateral, air-filled outpouchings of the laryngeal saccules during forced expiration; these outpouchings disappeared during rest (figure 2).
The increased negative pressure created to overcome the resistance causes soft tissue to become inflamed, tonsil and laryngeal saccules to evert and larynx and trachea to collapse.
The endoscopic examination of posterior end of oral cavity, pharynx and larynx revealed presence of elongated soft palate and everted laryngeal saccules.
Keywords : Brachycephalic; elongated soft palate; endoscopy; laryngeal saccules