Impaired vocal cord mobility in the setting of acute suppurative thyroiditis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Acute suppurative thyroiditis is an increasingly rare entity, accounting for less than 0.1% of thyroid surgery. This is the first report in the literature of acute thyroiditis causing a unilateral reversible vocal cord paralysis. METHODS: A 41-year-old woman was initially seen with a unilateral vocal cord paralysis resulting from acute suppurative thyroiditis. RESULTS: The vocal cord paralysis resolved following surgical drainage of the thyroid abscess and treatment with intravenous antibiotics. CONCLUSIONS: We present this case to emphasize the need for a complete and thorough head and neck exam including preoperative documentation of vocal cord mobility.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Boyd, CM; Esclamado, RM; Telian, SA

Published Date

  • May 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 235 - 237

PubMed ID

  • 9142526

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1043-3074

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/(sici)1097-0347(199705)19:3<235::aid-hed13>;2-a


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States