Bilateral Vocal Cord Immobility After Chemoradiotherapy For Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Gulf J Oncolog. 2020 May;1(33):80-83.


Post chemoradiation vocal cord immobility is a rare complication and this maybe life threatening when patients present with severe aspiration and recurrent pneumonia or even worse if they have an upper airway obstruction. We report a case of nasopharyngeal carcinoma patient whom after receiving curative concurrent chemoradiotherapy, presented with episodes of shortness of breath and aspiration pneumonia finally diagnosed with bilateral vocal cord immobility. She had no evidence of tumour recurrence.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Chemoradiotherapy / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma / complications*
  • Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma / therapy*
  • Vocal Cords / physiopathology*