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Ortner syndrome

E Meyer, N E Jonas, L J Zuhlke


Ortner syndrome or cardio-vocal syndrome, is a clinical entity that is characterised by hoarseness (secondary to left sided recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy) caused by cardiovascular disease. It has been reported in up to 12 % of patients with aortic aneurysms. Vocal cord palsy is rarely reported in pediatric patients with cardiac pathology. A reason for the paucity of data in pediatric cardiac patients could be due to the focus on patient survival rather than secondary complications of the disease and its treatment. Most cases have been described in adults and to the best of our knowledge, this is the youngest patient mentioned in the literature.

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E Meyer, registrar ,UCT

N E Jonas,

L J Zuhlke,

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Ortner syndrome, vocal cord palsy, cardiomyopathy

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South African Journal of Child Health 2008;2(4):170.

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Date submitted: 2008-05-29
Date published: 2009-02-02

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