Hoarseness of Voice as a Primary Presentation of Pulmonary Hypertension: a Rare case of Ortner’s (Cardio-vocal) Syndrome

Kashif Naeem, Vinod Choondal

Abstract


Ortner’s (cardio-vocal) syndrome is a rare disease entity that involves compression of the left recurrent laryngeal nerve due to enlargement of cardiovascular structures. The syndrome was first described by Norbert Ortner (an Austrian physician) in 1897 and is usually reported to be associated with mitral stenosis. However, we report a rare case when a 20-year-old girl presented with hoarseness of voice and was found to have an enlarged main pulmonary trunk due to pulmonary hypertension that was compressing the left recurrent laryngeal nerve. The case highlights a rare presentation of a relatively common disease and stresses the importance of detailed cardiac workup in a patient with hoarseness of voice. We present the case and review the literature. 


Keywords


Ortner’s syndrome, Pulmonary hypertension, Vocal cord palsy.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17987/icfj.v4i0.159

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