What are the physical signs of recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) injury due to thyroid surgery?

Updated: Jan 25, 2018
  • Author: Pramod K Sharma, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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In unilateral vocal cord paralysis, hoarseness or breathiness may not manifest for days to weeks; other potential sequelae are dysphagia and aspiration

Bilateral vocal-fold paralysis usually manifests immediately after extubation; patients may present with biphasic stridor, respiratory distress, or both


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