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Arytenoid cartilage dislocation can occur as a complication of tracheal intubation and laryngeal trauma, but its occurrence with indirect video laryngoscopy has not been reported. This paper reports anterior arytenoid dislocation occurring after nasotracheal intubation performed under indirect laryngoscopy using a video laryngoscope (McGRATH MAC; Medtronic). The dislocation is presumed to have resulted from the laryngoscope blade being initially inserted too deeply and applying pressure to the posterior aspect of the left cricoarytenoid joint. This patient’s anterior arytenoid dislocation was treated conservatively using speech therapy with resolution occurring approximately 40 days postoperatively. On the 74th day after surgery, fibroscopic examination confirmed recovery and healing of the dislocation. However, other types of arytenoid dislocations and laryngeal injuries may require alternative treatment. Early consultation with an otolaryngologist is recommended if arytenoid dislocation is suspected.

Keywords: Indirect laryngoscopy; Video laryngoscope; Arytenoid cartilage dislocation; Tracheal intubation; Hoarseness; General anesthesia
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