Recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy due to displacement of a gastric band

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The left recurrent laryngeal nerve is at increased risk of compression by oesophageal pathology due to its long course through the neck and thorax. Here we report a case of left vocal cord palsy secondary to displacement of a gastric band, resulting in oesophageal dilatation and neuropraxia of the left recurrent laryngeal nerve. Vocal cord function partially improved following removal of the gastric band.

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