Diagnosing Laryngeal Cleft

How is Laryngeal Cleft Diagnosed?

While present at birth, sometimes this disorder is sometimes not diagnosed until later childhood or adolescence. At Boston Children’s, laryngeal cleft is diagnosed through a comprehensive aero-digestive evaluation that may include one or more of the following tests:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • CT with 3‐D reconstruction
  • Echocardiogram
  • Functional endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Rigid bronchoscopy
  • Swallow study

Your child may also require an airway evaluation by a surgeon in which a region of the larynx (voice box) is closely examined may also be evaluated by a surgeon. During this procedure, the surgeon will evaluate the length and depth of the gap and determine the type of cleft. Your child will be asleep for this procedure.

Learn more about testing and diagnosing airway disorders.