oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Vocal cord palsy in an infant with myelomeningocoele : case study

Volume 17, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2220-1181
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1173



In this article we describe the case of a four-month-old male infant with myelomeningocoele, who presented with inspiratory stridor and vocal cord palsy (VCP). Hindbrain dysfunction is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in children with neural tube defects. It is important to consider the above in the differential diagnosis of infants with breathing difficulties. A discussion of myelodysplasia, Arnold-Chiari malformations, bilateral VCP and anaesthesia management is presented.

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