In Vocal Cord Paralysis, the nerve impulses in the voice box called larynx are disrupted as a result it leads to paralysis of the same. The initial signs include trouble in speaking, drastic change in the quality of voice, hoarseness in the voice, frequent coughing and uneasiness in the throat, loss of gag reflex and also choking and coughing when trying to swallow food.
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?
Treatment for vocal cord paralysis is done by a general physician who would assign you with some throat exercises to help in easing the symptoms and improve your voice box strength. If this doesn’t work then there is a surgical process involved that includes bulk injections, structural implants, Tracheotomy, Replacing the damaged nerve (reinnervation) and also Vocal cord repositioning.
DID YOU KNOW?
Nerve impulses that reach the voice box are disrupted due to Vocal Cord Paralysis