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VOCAL CORD PARALYSIS
Excessive smoking and use of tobacco products increases the risk of Vocal Cord Cancer
Vocal Cord Paralysis occurs when the nerve conduction path to your vocal cords is disrupted.. Vocal Cord Paralysis can affect your ability to speak and breathe. Symptoms are:
• Breathy quality to voice
• Noisy breathing
• Loss of vocal pitch
• Choking or coughing
• Need to take frequent breaths while talking
• Inability to speak loudly
• Loss of gag reflex
HOW IS VOCAL CORD PARALYSIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Vocal Cord Paralysis is based on physical examination, symptoms and clinical diagnosis. Ear-nose-throat specialist may order for laryngoscopy, laryngeal electromyography and blood tests and scans to confirm diagnosis.
HOW IS VOCAL CORD PARALYSIS TREATED?
The two treatment strategies to improve vocal function are voice therapy (like physical therapy for large muscle paralysis), and phonosurgery, an operation that repositions and/or reshapes the vocal folds to improve voice function. Voice therapy is normally the first treatment option. After voice therapy, the decision for surgery depends on the severity of the symptoms, vocal needs of the patient, position of paralyzed vocal folds, prognosis for recovery, and the cause of paresis/paralysis.
DID YOU KNOW?
Nerve impulses that reach the voice box are disrupted due to Vocal Cord Paralysis