Author(s): Robert Thayer Sataloff, I David Bough Jr, Joseph R Spiegel
Disruption of the cricoarytenoid joint is a relatively uncommon event, according to the world literature. Only 31 reported cases of arytenoid dislocation or subluxation exist other than the 26 cases described in this paper. Often cases are misdiagnosed as vocal fold paralysis. Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of arytenoid dislocation aids in correct diagnosis and early treatment. Even when diagnosis has been delayed, surgery may be highly effective. Familiarity with state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques and new concepts in management helps optimize the chances for good voice quality.