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Vocal cord paralysis as a presenting sign of autosomal recessive spinocerebellar atrophy type 10
  1. David Vaughan1,
  2. Adrinda Affendi2,
  3. Patrick Sheahan2 and
  4. Brian Sweeney3
  1. 1Neurology, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
  2. 2ORL-HNS, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
  3. 3Neurology, Cork University Hospital Group, Cork, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Vaughan; davevau{at}


Acquired vocal cord paralysis (VCP) is caused by dysfunction or injury of one or both recurrent laryngeal nerves. Here we report a 41-year-old man with spinocerebellar atrophy, autosomal recessive type 10 (SCAR10) due to an autosomal recessive mutation in the ANO10 gene, with VCP as the presenting symptom. He later developed ataxia and speech disturbance.

  • genetic screening / counselling
  • neurology
  • brain stem / cerebellum
  • neuro genetics
  • otolaryngology / ENT

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  • Contributors AA and PS wrote the ENT section of the report. DV and BS wrote the neurology section. All authors were involved in editing the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.