Ortner syndrome secondary to saccular thoracic aneurysm

Brian M. Leoce, Jack T. Bernik, Brett Voigt, Herbert Dardik, Thomas R. Bernik

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Mechanical stretching of the left laryngeal nerve secondary to an enlarged left atrium was first described by Dr Norbert Ortner in 1987. An extensive literature search revealed only 76 reported cases of Ortner syndrome, with the more recent reports describing other causes of the syndrome such as pulmonary hypertension, aortic dissection, and a thoracic aneurysm. We recently encountered this rare pathologic entity in an elderly man who had presented with severe hoarseness, presumed to be due to one of the aforementioned vascular anomalies. In the present report, we have highlighted the pathology and hybrid repair of this challenging entity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-373
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Vascular Surgery Cases, Innovations and Techniques
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Carotid–carotid bypass
  • Ortner syndrome
  • Thoracic aneurysm
  • Vocal cord paralysis


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