The natural history of idiopathic unilateral vocal fold paralysis: Evidence and problems
Recovery of Function
Vocal Cord Paralysis
Review of available evidence reveals a highly variable rate of return of motion in IVFP. The rate of return of normal voice is consistently higher, although similarly variable. The marked differences in rates of recovery among reports appears to be the result of variable definitions of recovery, oversimplified all-or-none notions of paralysis and recovery, and inconsistent reporting of time elapsed from onset of paralysis to evaluation. All of these factors should be addressed in future prospective studies to shed further light on the natural history of vocal fold paralysis.