• Vol. 41 No. 1, 40–41
  • 15 January 2012

Ortner’s Syndrome Secondary to Aortic Aneurysm


Ortner’s syndrome is a rare disorder characterised by left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy secondary to a cardiovascular cause. There are several cardiovascular pathologies causing
this syndrome, with left atrial enlargement being the most common. Thoracic aortic aneurysm leading to left vocal cord palsy is a relatively rare condition. Computed tomography (CT) plays a crucial role in diagnosis. It may be entirely unsuspected on clinical evaluation.

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