Ortner’s syndrome: Focused cardiac ultrasound and rapid ultrasound in shock examination at emergency department unfold the life-threatening cause for a cardiovocal condition

Azlan Helmy Abd Samat, Hashim Embong

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Introduction: Ortner’s syndrome is a rare condition, known as cardiovocal condition as patients present with hoarseness of voice due to cardiovascular causes. Case presentation: We present a case of Ortner’s syndrome secondary to leaking thoracic aortic aneurysm in a patient who came to emergency department with hypotension and hoarseness of voice for 3 months. Focused cardiac ultrasound (FOCUS) and rapid ultrasound in shock (RUSH) were performed which revealed a thoracic aortic arch aneurysm. Discussion: Focused cardiac ultrasound and rapid ultrasound in shock examination in the emergency department had expedited the diagnosis of this rare condition, hence the subsequent definitive investigation and management. Conclusion: This case highlights the need for high index of suspicion for thoracic aneurysm in patients with unexplained cardiovocal symptoms. It also highlights the importance of point-of-care ultrasound in the emergency department and the significance of utilizing the suprasternal view to look for pathology at the arch of aorta.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2018

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Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm
Hospital Emergency Service
Shock
Hoarseness
Thoracic Aorta
Point-of-Care Systems
Hypotension
Aneurysm
Thorax
Pathology

Keywords

  • cardiovocal syndrome
  • focused cardiac ultrasound
  • Ortner’s syndrome
  • rapid ultrasound in shock
  • thoracic aortic aneurysm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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