KEY CLINICAL MESSAGE: Bilateral vocal fold paresis (BVFP) is a rare complication in COVID-19 and should be considered as differential diagnosis in COVID-19-patients presenting with dyspnea and stridor. High-dose intravenous corticosteroids can be useful treating COVID-19-related laryngeal edema and vocal fold paresis. This case shows the complexity of laryngeal complications in COVID-19 requiring surgeries and functional therapies.

ABSTRACT: Although COVID-19 is known to affect peripheral as well as cranial nerves, there is a paucity of reports on vocal fold paresis in COVID-19, bilateral vocal fold paresis (BVFP) in particular. We describe a case of BVFP and glottal bridge synechia following COVID-19-pneumonia discussing pathomechanisms and treatment options.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e7447
JournalClinical Case Reports
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023


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