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is bilateral vocal fold paralysis curable ?

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
33 years experience Neurosurgery
See ENT: The real question is: what is the etiology of the bilateral vocal cord paralysis? This is very severe and can lead to problems with speaking or getting enough air. An ENT evaluation to visualize the region may be necessary to look for structural anomalies or cancers. Ent specialists may also help with the symptoms by "pushing' the vocal cords closer together with pledgets of gelfoam.
Answered on Oct 23, 2017
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Dr. Soren Singel
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Depends: Silicone injections help but are not curative. If the paralysis is due to acute sickness and/or a critically ill patient, it can improve spontaneously.
Answered on Sep 9, 2013

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