At the Georgetown University Center for the Voice, 778 patients were referred for evaluation between July 1, 1990, and June 30, 1995. During this 5-year period, right true vocal fold paralysis or paresis was diagnosed in 24 of these patients (3%). Videostro-boscopy, voice analysis, and patient records were reviewed. Ages ranged from 23 to 80 years, and sex distribution approximated a 1:1 ratio. The patients presenting symptoms included hoarseness, dysphagia, choking, voice pitch change, voice weakness, fatigability, and breathiness. Sources of the vocal fold dysfunction included iatrogenic, traumatic, central, and infectious causes.
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