Unilateral vocal fold palsy & dysphagia: A review
Unilateral vocal cord palsy in babies and kids, especially after heart surgery is common and often missed as they’re often so unwell. It is an important condition to recognise early. It has short and long term implications:
- Voice. Hoarseness which generally improves. If the vocal cord does not recover, over time they will have a weak voice
- Swallowing. Without full vocal cord closure, saliva, liquid and food may enter their lungs and cause long term long problems
- Breathing, which is often already compromised due to their other medical problems can be worsened by aspiration
There are many non surgical and surgical options.
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