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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 25-28

Postintubation recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy: A review

1 Head of Dept of ENT Mumbai Port Trust Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Consultant KBH Bachooali Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
3 Director Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care, Max Superspeciality Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. B Kanupriya Halan
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jlv.JLV_5_16

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Endotracheal intubation is one of the most common procedures performed in the Operating Theatre, Intensive Care Unit or wards, either on an elective or emergency basis. Recurrent laryngeal nerve injury leading to vocal cord paralysis is a lesser known but important complication of intubation. It is important to identify and monitor these patients to prevent confusion with regard to etiology and outcome. This article explores the etiopathogenesis of recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy following intubation and the various risk factors and possible mechanisms which contribute to this complication. Techniques to prevent and recognize this injury are also discussed. PubMed was the main database searched for articles related to the topic which were found through the period 1972–2017.

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