|Laryngeal cleft (medical condition): A rare birth defect where there is an abnormal opening between the larynx and esophagus which allows food to get into the airways and even the lungs. The severity of the condition is determined by the size of the opening.
. Symptoms are swallowing problems, gagging, choking, coughing, frequent respiratory infections, and chronic lung disease. It is usually diagnosed after having failed swallow studies that show aspiration of liquids and/or solids.
Treatment usually involves surgical repair of the cleft depending on the severity.
Unfortunately there isn’t much information regarding this condition on the internet as it is so rare. Do you have a child with one? If so, feel free to visit my support group/message forums at http://laryngealcleftkids.ning.com