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Bilateral vocal cord paralysis caused by laryngeal mask airway.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17362820     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The laryngeal mask airway (LMA) is regarded as a safer supraglottic airway for general anesthesia compared with conventional endotracheal tubes. We report a case of bilateral vocal cord palsy temporarily observed after using the LMA, which required urgent tracheotomy. Severe swelling of the arytenoid suggested that bilateral recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy was caused by prolonged compression on the pyriform fossa. One month later, vocal cord movements were fully recovered. It should be noted that bilateral vocal cord palsy is a possible complication associated with use of the LMA.
Kazuhira Endo; Youzou Okabe; Yumiko Maruyama; Toshiaki Tsukatani; Mitsuru Furukawa
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of otolaryngology     Volume:  28     ISSN:  0196-0709     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Otolaryngol     Publication Date:    2007 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-16     Completed Date:  2007-05-17     Revised Date:  2007-07-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8000029     Medline TA:  Am J Otolaryngol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  126-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Otolaryngology, Kouseiren Takaoka Hospital, Toyama, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Laryngeal Masks / adverse effects*
Middle Aged
Vocal Cord Paralysis / etiology*

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