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Bilateral abductor vocal fold paralysis due to myasthenia gravis

  • Victor Osei-Lah (a1), B. J. O'Reilly (a1) and R. Capildeo (a1)

Abstract

We report a case of bilateral abductor vocal fold paralysis due to myasthenia gravis in a 61-year-old man who presented with stridor requiring tracheostomy. The stridor had been preceded by several weeks' history of diplopia.

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Address for correspondence: Mr B. J. O'Reilly, F.R.C.S., D.L.O., Consultant Otolaryngologist, Basildon and Thurrock General Hospital, Nether Mayne, Basildon, Essex SS16 5NL

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Bilateral abductor vocal fold paralysis due to myasthenia gravis

  • Victor Osei-Lah (a1), B. J. O'Reilly (a1) and R. Capildeo (a1)

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