Laryngotracheal Cleft (LTC)
Laryngotracheal cleft (LTC) is a rare congenital defect in which there is a gap between the upper airway passage (larynx and possibly trachea) and the food passage (esophagus). In normal development, the airway and esophagus come from a common tube called the foregut. Early in embryologic development, the airway separates from the esophagus with the formation of the tracheoesophageal septum.
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