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August 21, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(8):561. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.92680080001011

Dr. J. W. Shuman1 has reported a case of aphonia from goiter, and quotes Coffey2 as saying that he does not remember having had a case of aphonia that was relieved by the removal of a goiter, and Crile2 as never having had a case of complete loss of voice with the exception of malignant cases.

The case reported here will substantiate Dr. Shuman's report.

Miss J. B., consulted me, Sept. 23, 1907, on account of her loss of voice for six months past. There was no pain or cough. The family and personal history were negative as to the complaint. Examination revealed a small adenoma of the thyroid gland on the right side. Laryngologic examination by the late Dr. A. H. Marvin and Dr. S. H. Monson showed a paralysis of the right vocal cord due to pressure from the goiter.

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