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Ortner syndrome or cardiovocal syndrome is hoarseness of voice due to left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy as a result of cardiovascular abnormality.
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.
Ortner syndrome is vocal cord paralysis secondary to left recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy from atrial dilation.