J. LAWN THOMPSON JR., M.D., F.A.C.P.; ALBERT D. KISTIN, M.D.
Left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy in association with heart disease is apparently very uncommon. Review of the literature reveals sporadic reports. We have been able to find only 30 cases in which necropsy findings are recorded. Mitral stenosis, coronary arteriosclerotic heart disease with congestive failure, and congenital heart disease with pulmonary artery dilatation are among the etiological factors reported. From a review of the literature and study of the cases herein reported it is apparent that dilatation of the pulmonary artery is the prime cause of the nerve injury. Other common cardiovascular abnormalities causing left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy (manifested
THOMPSON JL, KISTIN AD. HOARSENESS IN HEART DISEAS1. Ann Intern Med. ;29:259–273. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-29-2-259
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1948;29(2):259-273.
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