The laryngeal mask airway is a widely used, non-invasive, general purpose airway. We report the case of a temporary vocal cord palsy following the use of such an airway. The development of inappropriately high cuff pressures secondary to nitrous oxide diffusion into the cuff is proposed as the most likely cause. Knowledge of the existence of nerve injuries complicating laryngeal mask use is particularly important when counselling certain patients. Mandatory intraoperative cuff pressure monitoring should lower the risk of subsequent voice problems.