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Causes Of Vocal Cord Dysfunction
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
Tobacco is poison: To everything it comes into contact with, including the vocal cords. It can cause irritation and inflammation, and over time can even cause nodules (tumors ) to develop on the cord, as well as vocal cord cancer. If you have wheezing already, continuing tobacco is going to make it worse. Please quit before more damage is done. ...Read more
I was recently diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction. Is there something that causes this or is it hereditary?
No known cause: Very little is known about vcd. It can cause some very distressing airway symptoms. There is no known cause and no known hereditary connection. ...Read more
Does vocal cord dysfunction cause you to snort? Does it make you feel like you have something in the back of your throat? Doc didn't see anything.
Hoarseness: Vocal fold (chord) dysfunction is a non=specific term that simply means your true vocal folds are not vibrating or moving in a normal fashion resulting in hoarseness or a rough quality to the voice. Depending on the duration of this disorder or if you are a smoker, you need to see a laryngologist (ent doctor) to make a more specific diagnosis and render treatment. ...Read more
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