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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Enlarged Vocal Chords (Overview)

Enlarged vocal cords are a clinical finding in which the vocal cords, which are in the throat and help produce sound, are larger than in a normal, healthy person. This can cause hoarseness and typically occurs because of non-cancerous growths or, more rarely, cancer.


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Can hyperthyroidism cause vocal cord issues? Like they dry out or need breaks while talking and issues swallowing? Is this caused by enlarged thyroid?

Can hyperthyroidism cause vocal cord issues? Like they dry out or need breaks while talking and issues swallowing? Is this caused by enlarged thyroid?

Thyroid and voice: Hypothyroidism causes thickening of vocal cords and lower pitched voice, and hyperthyroidism to some extent the opposite. The hyperthyroidism can certainly cause some dehydration and hyperventilation, which can dry them out. The thyroid can sometimes interfere directly with the vocal cords, but usually not. It tends to grow out, not in. You need to get your thyroid fixed! ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Enlarged Vocal Chords (Overview)

Enlarged vocal cords are a clinical finding in which the vocal cords, which are in the throat and help produce sound, are larger than in a normal, healthy person. This can cause hoarseness and typically occurs because of non-cancerous growths or, more rarely, cancer.


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What does it mean when one vocal chord is not visable?

What does it mean when one vocal chord is not visable?

Vocal cord, larynx, : It can mean a lot of things-if you have an actual voice problem then it might mean that some of the muscles in your throat are "overactive" or working too hard. Sometimes it may indicate that the vocal cord (or fold) has shrunk over time--it depends on where and who told you that the vocal cord was not visible (what kind of exam-laryngoscopy?). ...Read more

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With continuous exercise and proper nutrition to treat the daily threats of hypoglycaemia, is this condition curable not just a treatable daily chore?

With continuous exercise and proper nutrition to treat the daily threats of hypoglycaemia, is this condition curable not just a treatable daily chore?

Daily chore..: Sorry to say, but reactive hypoglycemia, which is typically what we experience, is not curable. Proper management includes smaller more frequent meals with as much as 35 grams of fiber for a woman/50 grams of fiber for a man divided evenly amongst the meals, with the intent of smoothening out the release of insulin from the pancreas throughout the day and night. ...Read more

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Successfullly treated anaplastic t cell nhl 7 years ago. Now have enlarged epitrochlear nodes 2 months. Should I be worried ?

Successfullly treated anaplastic t cell nhl 7 years ago. Now have enlarged epitrochlear nodes 2 months. Should I be worried
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See your MD: As you know, lymph gland enlargement can be caused by different things and infection would be the most common cause. However due to at least 2 reasons- firstly- it has been there for 2 months and secondly- the fact that you had a history of anaplastic t cell nhl- i think you should go to see your oncologist or pmd- just to be in the safe side further investigation should be done. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for strained vocal chords?

What is the best treatment for strained vocal chords?

Rest & time: If you follow the entertainment industry, especially those who sing, complete voice rest is common for strained vocal cords and even after surgery on said cords. If that doesn't seem to do the trick, go see your ENT for further evaluation. Of course, besides rest & time, other part of solution is to determine cause of strain & address it: http://www.Umm.Edu/altmed/articles/laryngitis-000099.Htm. ...Read more

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What are some treatments for vocal problems?

What are some treatments for vocal problems?

Otolaryngology: It's important to begin by discussing the problems with your pcp who might refer you to a otolaryngologist or speech therapist, depending on the symptoms and other findings from initial examination. Most vocal problems are not severe, and "vocal rest" can be helpful for overuse problems. But, occasionally a voice problem is an early sign of throat cancer. So, don't delay in making an appointment. ...Read more

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I've been coughing for more than a year.It's been diagnosed as a vocal chords disorders. I took the cure of my doc but there's no use . I still cough ?

I've been coughing for more than a year.It's been diagnosed as a vocal chords disorders. I took the cure of my doc but there's no use . I still cough ?

Chronic cough: I seriously doubt the diagnosis made to you. I've not been aware of such diagnosis. I suggest a work up that includes ruling out acid reflux, environmental allergies, tuberculosis, malignancy, etc. Your doc should consider these and other issues and order appropriate work up. ...Read more

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My sister has temporary paralysis of her vocal chords following a thyroidectomy. Should we be concerned the surgeon could have prevented this?

My sister has temporary paralysis of her vocal chords following a thyroidectomy.  Should we be concerned the surgeon could have prevented this?

No: As a surgeon, I am biased. The rate of recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis should be 1% or lower. It will never be zero. 50% will recover and there are things that can help the voice. During surgery, everything is done to minimize risks but there are many variables that are unforeseen and can change the results of the surgery. I hope this helps and good luck with recovery. ...Read more

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What effect does stress have on vocal chords and how can we avoid all that ? Can it cause a polyp ? Thanking you

What effect does stress have on vocal chords and how can we avoid all that ? Can it cause a polyp ? Thanking you

Stress is bad: Stress is tough on the body in general. Stress on the vocal folds is generally in the form of talking too much, talking loudly, or illness such as a cold. Learning correct posture, lung and breathing control, and knowing when to limit speech or vocalization help to reduce stress on the voice box, or larynx. Vocal abuse can lead to nodules. If you sing, a good voice coach is paramount. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get your canines enlarged?

Is it possible to get your canines enlarged?

Yes, but..........: Assuming there is sufficient amount of space available, tooth contours can be altered with composite bonding, veneers or crowns. However, there is more involved than merely increasing the size of teeth. Other factors such as the occlusion (bite), periodontal health and supporting bone, and habits such as bruxism need to be factored in and may preclude such enlargement. Discuss with your dentist. ...Read more

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Is an enlarged thyroid sometimes a genetic problem?

Is an enlarged thyroid sometimes a genetic problem?

Rarely: There are rarely pure genetic causes for goiter, like in patients with pendred syndrome and other even more rare conditions. However, most of the time, goiter is the result of a disease process within the thyroid. Genetics probably plays a role in one's susceptibility to thyroid disease as it's common to see patients with thyroid disease who also have other family members with thyroid disease. ...Read more

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What is the best way to soothe your inflamed vocal chords?

What is the best way to soothe your inflamed vocal chords?

Voice Rest is Key.: You can gargle with Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey & a small amount of lemon juice is good. Pour boiling water over thinly sliced organic ginger. Steep for at least five minutes in a covered pot. Add 2 to 3 tbs of honey & sip. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could tell if my vocal chords are damaged?

Can you tell me how I could tell if my vocal chords are damaged?

Symptoms : If you have throat pain, altered or no voice swelling, cough, for an extended period. Visit an ENT Physician for a diagnosis and treatment. Your symptoms may vary but will always include alteration of the voice. ...Read more

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Can intubation cause damage to the vocal chords?

Can intubation cause damage to the vocal chords?

Yes: Endotracheal intubation involves placing a breathing tube into your mouth and passing it between your vocal cords. It is not uncommon to have hoarseness and a sore throat that lasts 24-48 hours. Longer term injuries are possible but unusual. ...Read more

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Does creatine ave any effect on the vocal chords?

Does creatine ave any effect on the vocal chords?

No effect: creatine in very large doses has been associated with asthma, allergies, kidney and liver disease, diarrhea and possible heat intolerance but not with any effect on the vocal cords. ...Read more