Korean J Otorhinolaryngol-Head Neck Surg.  2008 Jan;51(1):102-104.

A Case of Bilateral Vocal Cord Paralysis from Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

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  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Kwangju Christian Hospital, Gwangju, Korea. kchent2@hanmail.net

Abstract

Bilateral vocal cord paralysis generally arises from trauma, tumor compression of the recurrent laryngeal nerves, surgery on neck and neurological diseases. Progressive supranuclear palsy is a rare degenerative disease showing supranuclear ophthalnoplegia, rigidity, bradykinesia, dysarthria and dementia. Bilateral vocal cord paralysis in patients with progressive supranuclear palsy can be found only in a few cases reported in literature. The finding of bilateral vocal cord paralysis is important because it can be life threatening. We managed a patient with the laterofixation of vocal cord for preventing respiratory failure due to glottic airway compromise. We report this case with a review of literature.

Keyword

Bilateral vocal cord paralysis; Laterofixation; Progressive supranuclear palsy
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