Impaired vocal cord mobility in the setting of acute suppurative thyroiditis.
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.
Boyd, CM; Esclamado, RM; Telian, SA
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