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Concurrent stridor and Horner syndrome
  1. M Adam Ali
  1. Barnet Hospital, Department of Elderly Medicine, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Barnet, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr M Adam Ali, Barnet Hospital, Department of Elderly Medicine, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Barnet, London, EN5 3DJ, UK; mohamed.adamali{at}

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Clinical introduction

An 82-year-old woman presented to the ED with unintentional weight loss and progressive difficulty breathing and swallowing over several months. Her dyspnoea was worse when sitting upright. On examination, there was audible stridor at rest, (online supplemental file 1 (video)), which disappeared when she was reclined at 45°, and when flat. Neurological examination showed partial blepharoptosis and pupillary miosis on the right, findings compatible with right-sided Horner syndrome (figure 1). There was non-tender swelling of the entire right arm present (figure 2).

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Figure 1

Examination revealed right-sided Horner syndrome, with right-sided partial blepharoptosis and pupillary miosis.

Figure 2

Non-tender swelling of the entire right arm, likely due to obstruction of lymphatic and venous drainage …

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  • Contributors MAA cared for the patient clinically, selected the relevant radiological images, consented for and conducted clinical photography and produced the manuscript.

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