[Unilateral laryngeal paralysis]

Rev Med Suisse Romande. 2004 Jun;124(6):367-70.
[Article in French]


Investigations, diagnosis and treatment of laryngeal paralysis depend upon history taking and examination of phonation, swallowing and of the pharyngo-larynx. In unilateral paralysis, the main symptom is dysphonia. Dysphagia lasting more than 10 days may indicate a proximal vagus nerve lesion. Voice and swallowing therapy may be undertaken. If this remains insufficient after one month, a temporary or definitive vocal fold medialisation may be considered. Paralysis is considered to be definitive if lasting for more than 12 months. A minimal of one-year follow-up is indicated in case of idiopathic paralysis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis* / diagnosis
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis* / etiology
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis* / therapy