Vocal fold atrophy after paralysis

September 18, 2013
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Laryngoscopic Clinic

Much debate currently exists as to the timing of vocal fold atrophy following denervation and as to why some patients maintain excellent muscle tone despite long-standing nerve injury.

A 56-year-old woman presented to the Lakeshore Ear Nose and Throat Center with a 6-week history of a breathy voice after an upper respiratory infection. She denied any other head and neck symptoms such as otalgia, dysphagia, and odynophagia and reported no weight loss. She had no history of surgery to the head and neck, tobacco use, or alcohol use.

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