Turkish Journal of Geriatrics 2012 , Vol 15, Issue 3
Hasan Hüseyin ARSLAN, Serdar KARAHATAY, Mustafa GEREK
Gülhane Askeri Tıp Akademisi Kulak Burun Boğaz Anabilim Dalı ANKARA Occurrence of paralysis in left vocal fold due to compression of left recurrent laryngeal nevre between pulmonary artery and aorta or between aorta and aortic ligament secondary to cardiac pathologies such as left atrial hypertrophy, pulmonary hypertension is defined as Ortner syndrome in the literature that it is extremely rare clinical entity. In this study, a case was presented, who had referred due to complaint of hoarseness and diagnosed as Ortner syndrome based on clinical and laboratory examinations. Seventy two years old female patient admitted to our clinic with complaint of hoarseness. Videolaryngoscopic examination revealed left vocal fold paralysis and no etiological factor other than left atrial hypertrophy and pulmonary hypertension could be found. Therefore, the patient was diagnosed Ortner syndrome. Ortner syndrome should be considered in assessment of hoarseness in patients with cardiac pathology, who are particularly in geriatric group. Keywords : Vocal Cord Paralysis; Hypertension, Pulmonary