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August 1990

Sarcoidosis as a Cause of Left Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Palsy

Author Affiliations

From the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wadsworth Division, and Pulmonary Disease Section, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116(8):971-972. doi:10.1001/archotol.1990.01870080093024

• Vocal cord paralysis is an unusual complication of sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis may affect vocal cord function by either direct involvement of the cord or by involvement of the neural pathways, including the nucleus ambiguus, the 10th cranial nerves, and the superior and recurrent laryngeal nerves. There have been only two previous case reports of sarcoidosis with mediastinal adenopathy causing compression of the left recurrent laryngeal nerve and vocal cord paralysis. We present a third such case.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1990;116:971-972)

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