Bilateral Vocal Cord Paralysis Following Blunt Trauma To The Neck

Robert J. Levine, Arthur B. Sanders, William R. LaMear

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Abstract

Blunt trauma to the anterior neck has been known to cause upper-airway obstruction requiring emergency tracheostomy. We report the case of a 26-year-old man who sustained blunt trauma to the anterior neck in whom upper-airway obstruction developed. Although computed tomography of the neck revealed a thyroid cartilage fracture and a retropharyngeal hematoma, fiberoptic examination of the larynx identified vocal cord paralysis as the primary cause of his upper-airway obstruction. Emergency tracheostomy was performed, and the patient recovered uneventfully. A Medline search of the literature for the past 3 years failed to identify any individual case reports of bilateral vocal cord paralysis secondary to blunt anterior neck trauma. [Levine RJ, Sanders AB, LaMear WR: Bilateral vocal cord paralysis following blunt trauma to the neck. Ann Emerg Med February 1995;25:253-255.].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-255
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1995
Externally publishedYes

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