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Med J Malaysia. 2016 Jun;71(3):139-41.

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm as A Cause of Ortner's Syndrome - A Case Series.

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Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Department of General Surgery, Jalan Pahang, 50586 Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Department of General Surgery, Jalan Pahang, 50586, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Hoarseness due to left recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis was first described in 1897 by Norbert Ortner. Various cardiopulmonary and thoracic arch aorta pathologies associated with left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy have been described over the last 100 years and is also known as cardio-vocal syndrome. We report our experience with seven cases of Ortners syndrome due to thoracic aortic aneurysm with compression of the left recurrent laryngeal nerve and resultant hoarseness.

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