Vocal fold silicone prosthesis

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


PH motor vehicle accident. Suffered vocal cord paresis. Treated with vocal fold silicone prosthesis insertion (thyroplasty).

Patient Data

Age: 65
Gender: Male
Modality: CT

Dense silicone prothesis placed into the right vocal fold causing the cord to adduct so that it opposes the left cord during speech

Modality: X-ray

The prosthesis is not visible on the conventional neck soft tissue radiograph.

Case Discussion

Thyroplasty is a procedure in which an implant is placed in the larynx alongside the vocal cord. The implant displaces the vocal cord to the midline and allows a paralyzed or weak vocal cord to touch the opposite cord in order to have a strong voice.

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Case Information

rID: 34971
Case created: 17th Mar 2015
Last edited: 2nd Sep 2015
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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