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Case Reports in Otolaryngology
Volume 2016, Article ID 7348175, 3 pages
Case Report

Horner’s Syndrome Incidental to Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma Excision: Case Report and Brief Literature Review

1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University Hospital of Patras Medical School, 26504 Rio, Patras, Greece
2Department of Pathology, University Hospital of Patras Medical School, 26504 Rio, Patras, Greece

Received 5 February 2016; Accepted 10 April 2016

Academic Editor: Kai-Ping Chang

Copyright © 2016 Nicholas S. Mastronikolis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Horner’s syndrome is characterized by a combination of ipsilateral miosis, blepharoptosis, enophthalmos, facial anhidrosis, and iris heterochromia in existence of congenital lesions. The syndrome results from a disruption of the ipsilateral sympathetic innervation of the eye and ocular adnexa at different levels. Though rare, thyroid and neck surgery could be considered as possible causes of this clinical entity. We present a case of Horner’s syndrome in a patient after total thyroidectomy and neck dissection for medullary thyroid cancer with neck nodal disease and attempt a brief review of the relevant literature.