PEDIATRIC VOCAL CORD PARALYSIS

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Pediatric vocal cord paralysis accounts for approximately 10% of all congenital laryngeal lesions. Early detection of these neurogenic disorders is based upon a high index of suspicion and is important to prevent catastrophes during periods of acute respiratory embarrassment. This paper reviews the symptoms, etiology and management of unilateral and bilateral vocal cord paralysis as it pertains to this age group. A case is presented of a neonate with vocal cord paralysis and associated hydrocephalous and meningomyelocele to illustrate many of the problems associated with pediatric laryngeal paralysis.

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