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August 1926

BILATERAL PARALYSIS OF THE ADDUCTORS OF THE VOCAL CORDS OF ORGANIC ORIGIN: REPORT OF A CASE OF LANDRY'S PARALYSIS

Arch Otolaryngol. 1926;4(2):122-126. doi:10.1001/archotol.1926.00590010136004

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Abstract

The synonyms for bilateral paralysis of the adductors of the vocal cords are functional aphonia and hysterical aphonia, designating its functional origin. The present case is of interest as the bilateral paralysis of the adductors appears to be of definite organic origin. The case is unusual in another respect, in that it belongs to the class of cases described by Landry, and yet complete recovery followed.

REPORT OF CASE

M. B., a white woman, aged 29, was admitted to the obstetric service of the New Haven Hospital, complaining of vomiting and loss of weight. Seven weeks previously she had begun to vomit. Her family physician told her that she was three months pregnant, even though her periods had been regular. The last period had occurred one month before admission. Twelve days before admission the patient attempted an abortion, and bled for a week. Following this, the vomiting became more

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