Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Injury Secondary to Blunt Trauma; A Rarity

  • Baithma Jothi Dinesh
  • Zubaidah Sharif Siti
  • Lai Zen Ran Dexter
  • Firdaus Hayati
Keywords: Laryngeal nerve, trauma, vocal cords


Recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) injury is rarely seen following trauma. Trauma can be penetrating or blunt injury. Following the acute event, the most common presentation is hoarseness of voice. Herein we present a case of recurrent laryngeal nerve injury noticed after a blunt trauma. Indirect laryngoscopy helps to identify and diagnose vocal cord palsy while Computed Tomography (CT) scan of neck helps to evaluate the extent of injury as well as to identify the primary cause of the injury. Patient morbidity can be reduced with prompt diagnosis and management.

Author Biographies

Baithma Jothi Dinesh
Department of General Surgery, Hospital Queen Elizabeth 1
Zubaidah Sharif Siti
Department of Breast and Endocrine, Hospital Queen Elizabeth 2
Lai Zen Ran Dexter
1 Department of General Surgery, Hospital Queen Elizabeth 1 2 Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Firdaus Hayati
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sabah


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