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August 1932

PARALYSIS OF THE VOCAL CORDS: A STUDY OF TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN MEDICAL CASES

Author Affiliations

Fellow in Otolaryngology, the Mayo Foundation ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Section on Laryngology, Oral and Plastic Surgery, the Mayo Clinic.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1932;16(2):143-159. doi:10.1001/archotol.1932.00630040152001
Abstract

Paralysis of the vocal cords is a subject that has been studied widely, from both the clinical and the experimental standpoints. This may also be said of the limited amount of pathologic material available. Clinical observation of preoperative and postoperative cases of goiter has convinced us that the usually accepted textbook teaching, that is, the Semon law, does not seem to be substantiated. We have observed in such cases that a large percentage of the vocal cords following injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve are in the median line position, and that a small percentage are in the cadaveric position. Follow-up data in later cases revealed that either the vocal cord returns to its normal function, or it pulls to the median line within a few months and remains there, as previously noted by one of us (Dr. New). A case has not been observed in which the vocal cord

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