Supraglottic cancer (1 of 4)
Middle-aged woman with sore throat, discovered to have a circumscribed exophytic squamous cell carcinoma at the petiole and anterior false cords.
Supraglottic cancer (2 of 4)
Closer view, showing the aberrant tumor vessels especially in the inferior half of the tumor, with less “white-out” from light overexposure.
Supraglottic cancer (3 of 4)
As is often the case, this tumor “respects” the ventricle, meaning it does not cross the plane of the ventricle (entrance at dotted line) to invade the true cords. An instrument could lift the inferior border of the tumor to show that the true cords aren’t invaded; the tumor is simply overlapping them.
Supraglottic cancer (4 of 4)
Under narrow-band lighting, the tumor’s aberrant vessels and its relationship to both the true and false cords are clearer. This is a supraglottic (not transglottic) tumor, likely amenable to outpatient endoscopic laser resection, and management of lymphatic compartments of the neck, depending on individual circumstances, via observation, radiotherapy, or selective neck dissection.