Pseudo-Ortner Syndrome

Pseudo-Ortner Syndrome

Nikhil Bhatia, MD1, Asha Ramsakal, DO, MBS, FACP2, Bjorn Holmstrom, MD, FACP, FHM3
1University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
2Assoc Prof of Medicine, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine; Chair, Dept of Internal Medicine, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL
3Assistant Prof of Med, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine; Assistant Member, Dept of Internal Medicine; Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

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Ortner syndrome is vocal cord paralysis secondary to left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy from atrial dilation. We present the case of a 28 year old woman with metastatic appendicular cancer to the peritoneum and pleura who experienced chest pain, progressive dyspnea and change in vocal quality secondary to esophageal impingement on the recurrent laryngeal nerve. This novel case of “Pseudo-Ortner Syndrome” further demonstrates the susceptibility of the laryngeal nerve to palsy secondary to mechanical impingement stemming from an unlikely distal non cardiac source.

Keywords: Pseudo-Ortner Syndrome, case report

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Nikhil Bhatia,Asha Ramsakal, Bjorn Holmstrom. Pseudo-Ortner Syndrome. International Journal of Case Reports, 2019 4:65. DOI: 10.28933/ijcr-2019-02-1506


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