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Can vocal cord nodules interfere with breathing?

Can vocal cord nodules interfere with breathing?

No, but ....: Classic screamer's nodules or "singer's nodules" of the vocal cords do not obstruct the airway. On the other hand, infants and children can be infected with the hpv virus (usually during vaginal delivery), and this can cause respiratory papillomas of the vocal cords - these will grown slowly and, despite being a benign disease, can result in fatal airway obstruction. If concerned, see a doc! ...Read more

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Vocal Cord (Definition)

The vocal cord is a short (about 1cm long) band of tissue in the larynx (aka "voice box"). It is paired, so everyone has 2, and they are located just below the "adam's apple." when you breathe, they are separated from each other. When you speak, they come together while your lungs push air (like a bellows or bagpipe) past them, and they vibrate, like a reed ...Read more


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Can vocal cord nodules or polyps hurt?

Can vocal cord nodules or polyps hurt?

Not usually: Vocal fold nodules or polyps usually arise from voice abuse or voice misuse. They are rarely painful. ...Read more

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Can thyroid issues (hyperthyroidism/graves) affect the vocal cords? Meaning can it make your vocal cords fatigue more easily while talking? Thank you

Can thyroid issues (hyperthyroidism/graves) affect the vocal cords? Meaning can it make your vocal cords fatigue more easily while talking? Thank you

Hyperthyroid : Hyperthyroidism itself does not affect your voice. However, if your gland is enlarged and compresses the recurrent laryngeal nerve( the nerve that supplies function to the vocal cords), you could actually have vocal cord paresis(weakness) or paralysis( immobile vocal cord) that affects your voice. See an ENT to do laryngoscopy. ...Read more

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Can swallowing difficulties or weakness of oral/throat muscles interfere with your voice?

Can swallowing difficulties or weakness of oral/throat muscles interfere with your voice?

Yes: The muscles and nerves of the throat and voice box are related. If you have persistent hoarseness or dysphagia (trouble swallowing) i recommend evaluation by your local ent. ...Read more

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Can severe coughing damage your vocal. Cords? Voice isn't normal.

Can severe coughing damage your vocal. Cords?   Voice isn't normal.

It can: A severe cough can lead to vocal chord inflammation, tear, or even coming loose. However, other causes of vocal chord change and voice change are far more common and can be a sign of serious illness. See an ENT or pulmonologist as soon as possible to get checked out. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid nodule affect your singing voice?

Can a thyroid nodule affect your singing voice?

Yes: If it's big enough, it can cause compressive symptoms and affect your voice. ...Read more

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Is collapse of arytenoid into airway upon inhalation with strider/breathlessness in adult with normal vocal chord movement mechanical or functional?

Is collapse of arytenoid into airway upon inhalation with strider/breathlessness in adult with normal vocal chord movement mechanical or functional?

Depends.: Good question. Depends why it is happening. If it is occurring due to muscle tension dysphonia (inappropriate use of muscles of voice production), it's functional and may improve with voice therapy by a Speech a Pathologist. Other causes such as swelling or trauma are not functional, though it is not common that they are referred to as mechanical. Be sure to follow up with your ENT on this issue, ...Read more

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Can swallowing sperm damage the vocal chords? Would it change the range of ones vocal chords such as making their voice deeper due to the testosterone

Can swallowing sperm damage the vocal chords? Would it change the range of ones vocal chords such as making their voice deeper due to the testosterone

Why the vocal cords?: Sperm get to swim around in vaginas, swim into women's uteruses, through their fallopian tubes... and into women's abdomens. Yes, that's where you end up when you pop out on the other end of a fallopian tube. So, if sperm are not innocent little critters, if they were irritating or caustic or damaging, we humans would have gone extinct long ago. That being said, what's the link to vocal cords? ...Read more

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Can a thyroidectomy cause vocal cord damage?

Can a thyroidectomy cause vocal cord damage?

Yes: Hi. The recurrent laryngeal nerves (RLN) run right by the thyroid on their way to the voice box. Sometimes a RLN has to be sacrificed doing thyroid cancer surgery; more often a surgeon with no business operating in that part of the body hits one (or both). Since you had a thyroidectomy, may I guess it was for cancer? Was the cancer outside the thyroid capsule? Good luck! ...Read more

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Would vocal cord dysfunction lead to a positive methacholine test? Can the cords constrict like bronchial passages during the test if vcd is present?

Would vocal cord dysfunction lead to a positive methacholine test? Can the cords constrict like bronchial passages during the test if vcd is present?

Yes: Methacholine challenge test can at times induce vocal cord dysfunction as well even though it is mainly used in diagnosing hyperreactive airways. Asthma and vcd co-exist in many cases. ...Read more

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How often are vocal chords hurt when removing a thyroid nodule?

How often are vocal chords hurt when removing a thyroid nodule?

Depends: The biggest risk is from damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve, which runs under the thyroid and controls the vocal cords. It depends on the patient's risk factors and the skill of the surgeon. However, despite that it can still occur as a transient injury in up to 5-8% of thyroid surgeries. It can also be permanent in up to 0.3-3% of thyroid surgeries. Being intubated can also contribute. ...Read more

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Can patients with vocal chord dysfunction get some relief from asthma inhalers, particularly blue rescue inhalers?

Can patients with vocal chord dysfunction get some relief from asthma inhalers, particularly blue rescue inhalers?

Not really: Sitting down and taking time to use an inhaler may break the pattern, but not much.Working with a speech pathologist on breathing exercises, and recognizing the triggers will help the most over time. ...Read more

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Can a vocal cord removal successfully treat larynx cancer?

Can a vocal cord removal successfully treat larynx cancer?

Sometimes: The vocal cord is part of the larynx, and if the disease is very limited to a single vocal cord (of two), a smaller surgery can sometimes be performed with greater preservation of surrounding tissue. ...Read more

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How often does thyroid removal injure vocal cord nerves?

How often does thyroid removal injure vocal cord nerves?

Very rare: Injury to laryngeal nerves are very rare due to current meticulous techniques and done by highly trained professionals. ...Read more

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Does vocal cord dysfuction mimic asthma?

Does vocal cord dysfuction mimic asthma?

Yes: Yes it can. You may need a good history taking by your doctor, a good examination and likely a breathing test (spirometry) ...Read more

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Can an over use of your vocal cords cause gerd?

Can an over use of your vocal cords cause gerd?

No: Gerd can occasionally cause some vocal cord irritation if it leads to inhalation of small amounts of stomach contents. However, vocal cord use has no impact on the presence of gerd. ...Read more

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Would a yeast infection of the vocal cords mimic vocal cord cancer?

Would a yeast infection of the vocal cords mimic vocal cord cancer?

No such thing: I've been a doctor for 30 years. I've seen many cases of laryngeal cancer but none of yeast infection of vocal cords. I don't think there is such a thing. If you have persistent hoarseness see ENT specialist ASAP. Risk factors for head and neck cancer are smoking, and drinking alcohol. ...Read more

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Does severe. Coughing damage your vocal cords? My voice isn't the same.

Does severe. Coughing damage your vocal cords?   My voice isn't the same.

It can: A severe cough can lead to vocal chord inflammation, tear, or even coming loose. However, other causes of vocal chord change and voice change are far more common and can be a sign of serious illness. See an ENT or pulmonologist as soon as possible to get checked out. ...Read more

Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more