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

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


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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