A 25-year-old member asked:
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are some people more prone to getting vocal cord paralysis?

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Dr. Mark Avdalovic
25 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: If they have certain immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or if they have had instrumentation over their vocal cords such as thru trauma or medical procedure like endoscopy or being on a ventilator.
Answered on May 3, 2015
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