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International Angiology 2006 June;25(2):221-3

Copyright © 2006 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Hoarseness as imminent symptom of aortic aneurysm rupture (Ortner’s syndrome)

Lydakis C. 1, Thalassinos E. 1, Apostolakis S. 1, Athousakis E. 1, Michou E. 1, Kontopoulou E. 2

1 2nd Medical Department, Venizelion General Hospital of Heraklion, Crete, Greece 2 Radiology Department, University Hospital of Crete, Heraklion, Crete, Greece


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Ortner’s syndrome (cardiovocal syndrome) is the clinical entity of hoarseness due to left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy caused by cardiovascular disease. We present a case of an 86-year-old woman with hoarseness as a prominent symptom due to a large painless aneurysm of the thoracic aorta, which soon ruptured. Cardiovocal syndrome can be a rare but an important and probably the only major clinical finding of a painless aortic rupture.

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