Vocal Cord Paralysis After Two-stage Cervical Neck Discectomy And Fusion

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We are presenting a case of 65-year-old female with a history of chronic pain presenting for a two-stage discectomy and fusion. Patient was kept intubated after the procedure. She passed a Spontaneous Breathing Trial in the intensive care unit the following morning. Shortly after extubation, the patient developed a stridor and decompensated, requiring re-intubation. Consultation with Otorhinolaryngology determined there was left true vocal cord paralysis and significant right vocal cord swelling. We will discuss how to recognize acute vocal cord paralysis along with swift intubation tactics in the Intensive Care Unit setting.


American Society of Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, October 21-25, 2022.