Left vocal cord palsy (due to para-esophageal abscess)

Case contributed by Dr Praveen Jha


Breathy voice, swallowing difficulty and dyspnea.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Male

Scan was taken down to the arch of aorta to assess the course of left recurrent laryngeal nerve. A para-esophageal abscess is seen on left side, likely to involve left recurrent laryngeal nerve in tracheo-esophageal groove. Paramedian deviation of left vocal cord seen.

Modality: Annotated image

Annotated images. 

Case Discussion

This case shows the importance of imaging in case of left vocal cord palsy, where it is important to image upto arch of aorta, a point where recurrent laryngeal nerve turns on left side.

Patient was operated and abscess was drained successfully.

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Case Information

rID: 16225
Case created: 31st Dec 2011
Last edited: 9th Feb 2016
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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