Issue: 2009 > June > case report

Laryngeal manifestations of haemochromatosis

D. Foster, K. Pitaro, D. Ben-Dor, M. Englender


We present a case with sudden onset of throat pain,
dysphagia and hoarseness. On endoscopic examination,
supraglottic swelling and a brown covering of the mucous membranes were seen. The diagnosis of haemochromatosis was made on laryngeal biopsy. The patient admitted to long-term iron treatment for anaemia. Haemochromatosis can affect many different organs. If the larynx is involved, the airway may be endangered.