Laryngeal cleft anomalies are rare congenital defects of the posterior laryngotracheal wall that usually present with a history of recurrent respiratory tract infections during the early neonatal period. Presentation of type I clefts can be subtle and subsequently can result in late diagnosis or indeed failure to present. We report on the case of a type I laryngeal cleft presenting with a history of recurrent lower respiratory tract infections and severe gastro-oesphageal reflux disease, at 19 years of age. This is the oldest documented initial presentation of a congenital laryngeal cleft, and emphasizes the importance of maintaining a suspicion of the diagnosis into early adulthood. We further highlight the role of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease in the presentation of laryngeal clefts.
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