J Korean Soc Laryngol Phoniatr Logoped.  2019 Dec;30(2):139-141. 10.22469/jkslp.2019.30.2.139.

A Case of Unilateral Vocal Fold Paralysis Caused by Ortner's Syndrome

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, College of Medicine, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea. chaos001@hanmail.net

Abstract

The causes of vocal cord paralysis include iatrogenic injury during thyroid or cervical surgery, heart and chest surgery, and tumorous lesion such as laryngeal cancer and lung cancer. In addition to these common causes, rarely, cardiovascular disease can also cause vocal fold paralysis. A disease known as Cardiovocal syndrome, or Ortner's syndrome, causes left vocal fold paralysis when the left recurrent laryngeal nerve is compressed by the pulmonary artery and aorta, which is occurred by pulmonary hypertension from heart disease. We report for the first case in Korea the diagnosis of vocal fold paralysis caused by Ortner's syndrome.

Keyword

Vocal fold palsy; Cardiovascular disease; Recurrent laryngeal nerve; Ortner's syndrome

MeSH Terms

Aorta
Cardiovascular Diseases
Diagnosis
Heart Diseases
Hypertension, Pulmonary
Korea
Laryngeal Neoplasms
Lung Neoplasms
Paralysis*
Pulmonary Artery
Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve
Thoracic Surgery
Thorax
Thyroid Gland
Vocal Cord Paralysis
Vocal Cords*
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