Volume 29
Number 2
May 2021
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Case Reports
F. de Lange, I.T. Bootsma, F. Porta, E.C. Boerma

A case of rapid unilateral vocal cord paralysis a few days after cardiac surgery is presented. On postoperative day 3, the patient developed severe hoarseness within a few hours. After evacuation of 300 ml blood from an intrathoracic haematoma, the hoarseness resolved quickly. The mechanism is supposedly direct pressure on the laryngeal nerve. In an intubated patient this complication would not have been noted.

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