Management of unilateral vocal fold paralysis

Rick M Odland, T. Wigley, R. Rice

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Management of unilateral vocal fold paralysis continues to generate controversy. Polytetrafluoroethylene (Teflon®) injection remains the most popular procedure for medialization; however, there are problems involved with its use. Endoscopic assessment of patients treated with medialization laryngoplasty revealed a normal mucosal wave form in contrast to the stiff vocal fold observed with Teflon injection. Medialization laryngoplasty is also considered a reversible procedure. Based on these findings, medialization laryngoplasty should be considered the procedure of choice for unilateral vocal fold paralysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-443
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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