Glottic closing force: impact of thyroplasty on vocal cord paralysis in a pig model.

Reflex glottic closure is an essential component of a normal swallow. A lesion of the unilateral recurrent laryngeal nerve weakens this reflex response, affecting the essential protective functions of the larynx and potentially resulting in aspiration pneumonia, sepsis, or death. Thyroplasty has been advocated to reduce glottic incompetence due to… CONTINUE READING