Rare causes of voice hoarseness: a case report.

V. K. Acharya, R. Sahoo, S. Sreedharan, R. Anand, R. Pathak

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We report two contrasting and rare cases of voice hoarseness in young patients of tubercular aetiology. First case report is of isolated tubercular recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy in a patient who presented with hoarseness of voice. Chest radiograph showed a left hilar prominence and bronchial washings isolated acid-fast bacilli. Hoarseness of voice as an initial symptom due to isolated vocal cord palsy with no morphological lesions in the larynx and without obvious parenchymal infiltration often poses a diagnostic dilemma. Second case report highlights the possibilities of tuberculosis of the vocal cords mimicking tumour of the larynx. This patient had an ulcerative growth involving the vocal cord which was initially mistaken for malignancy. Patient also had concomitant miliary shadowing in the lungs and laryngoscopic biopsy revealed the growth to be tuberculosis. Early diagnosis and intervention with antitubercular treatment is vital as it results in complete recovery with reversal of vocal hoarseness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-143
Number of pages3
JournalNepal Medical College journal : NMCJ
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-06-2008

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