Vocal fold paralysis, bilateral

A neurological disorder in which the nerve supply to both vocal folds is not working. This may be as the result of injury through external trauma, thyroid surgery, or blunt or penetrating trauma to the neck. Sometimes vocal fold immobility due to scarring, for instance from an [intlink id=”166″ type=”post”]endotracheal tube[/intlink], is mistaken for vocal fold paralysis, though the distinction is usually easy to determine, provided that an appropriately intense and directed workup is done.

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