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Anthracosis: An unusual cause of vocal fold paralysis

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July 21, 2015
by Sedat Aydin, MD; Ozlem Celebi, MD; Merve Kiroglu, MD; Mehmet Gökhan Demir, MD

Abstract

Anthracotic pigmentation in the bronchial mucosa is a bronchoscopic finding of pneumoconiosis, or evidence of heavy atmospheric soot. This pigmentation in the tracheobronchial mucosa is surrounded by calcified or noncalcified lymph nodes. Anthracosis is not a previously known cause of left vocal fold paralysis. We present what we believe to be the first reported case of anthracosis-caused vocal fold paralysis.

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