Vocal cord paralysis caused by stingray


Foreign bodies in the oral cavity and pharynx are commonly encountered in the emergency room and outpatient departments, and the most frequently observed of these foreign bodies are fish bones. Among the possible complications resulting from a pharyngeal foreign body, vocal cord fixation is extremely rare, with only three cases previously reported in the English literature. The mechanisms of vocal cord fixation can be classified into mechanical articular fixation, direct injury of the recurrent laryngeal nerve, or recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis secondary to inflammation. The case discussed here is different from previous cases. We report a rare case of vocal cord paralysis caused by the venom of a stingray tail in the hypopharynx.

DOI: 10.1007/s00405-013-2692-9

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@article{Kwon2013VocalCP, title={Vocal cord paralysis caused by stingray}, author={Oh Jin Kwon and Jung Je Park and Jin Pyeong Kim and Seung Hoon Woo}, journal={European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology}, year={2013}, volume={270}, pages={3191-3194} }