Unilateral adductor vocal cord palsy treated with the titanium vocal fold medializing implant (TVFMI)

Med J Malaysia. 2009 Mar;64(1):89-90.


Vocal cord palsy secondary to recurrent laryngeal nerve injury may be attributable to trauma, infiltrating neoplasm, congenital cardiac anomaly and others. Regardless the causes, majority of unilateral adductor palsy cases are usually managed by speech rehabilitation in order to allow compensation. In selected cases, medialization procedure may be required to achieve a complete glottal closure during phonation. Multiple techniques have been developed to achieve this goal. This case report illustrates the recent advancement in vocal fold medialization procedure, which has not been widely practiced in Malaysia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Otorhinolaryngologic Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Prosthesis Implantation / methods*
  • Thyroid Gland / surgery*
  • Titanium / therapeutic use*
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis / surgery*
  • Vocal Cords / surgery*


  • Titanium