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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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Enlarged Vocal Chords (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Is there a natural remedy for vocal chord nodules? Like eukalyptus inhalation?

Is there a natural remedy for vocal chord nodules? Like eukalyptus inhalation?

Voice therapy: Voice therapy (and resting one's voice) is the "natural remedy" of choice for vocal cord nodules. Please see http://www.ohniww.org/vocal-nodules-treatment/ Homeopathy may also be very helpful: http://tinyurl.com/zprh34d A quality multivitamin with extra Vit. C, gargling with warm salt water, ginger tea and curcumin may also help, but none of these will work without voice rest/voice therapy. ...Read more

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For the stage 1 vocal cord cancer (affecting cartilages), which treatment is better -- radiation therapy or photodynamic therapy?

For the stage 1 vocal cord cancer (affecting cartilages), which treatment is better -- radiation therapy or photodynamic therapy?

PDT is not a proven: Radiation therapy is the standard treatment for early (Stae-1) cancer of the vocal cord. Photodynamic therapy(PDT) is potentially useful but it is not in common usage in the US ...Read more

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Is there a cure for hoarseness caused by a nodule on the vocal cords?

Is there a cure for hoarseness caused by a nodule on the vocal cords?

Yes: If the nodule causes hoarseness removing the nodule should help significantly. Most nodules form from trauma and it is possible that the nodule can go away if the trauma is stopped (much like a callous or blister going away by wearing shoes that fit). Prior to doing surgery a trial of speech therapy can be tried. If unsuccessful, surgery performed by an experienced ENT should be very helpful. ...Read more

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Would nonspecific esophageal dysmotility make botox injjection for damaged recurrent laryngeal nerve contraindicated? Are there better options?

Would nonspecific esophageal dysmotility make botox injjection for damaged recurrent laryngeal nerve contraindicated? Are there better options?

Botox for RLN?: Unspecific esopageal dysmotility should not be affected by laryngeal Botox treatment. It is difficult to suggest options since I am unclear of what your voice and swallowing issues are, what caused the rln damage and what your vocal cords actually look like. Are you under the care of an ent/ otolaryngologist/ laryngologist? ...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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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 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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I've severe acid reflux can it cause 1 lingual tonsil more enlarged than other had previous thyroid cancer scared of throat cancer or base if tongue?

I've severe acid reflux can it cause 1 lingual tonsil more enlarged than other had previous thyroid cancer scared of throat cancer or base if tongue?

GERD: Severe reflux can result in the development of barrett's esophagus; which has an increased incidence of developing esophageal cancer. Upper endoscopy is a simple method for evaluating any esophageal disease. If your problem is severe, you should be on some form of acid blockade such as omeprazole. You may even benefit from some type of antireflux surgery. ...Read more

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What are the best treatment options for silent reflux (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux) other than acid reducing drugs or surgery?

What are the best treatment options for silent reflux (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux) other than acid reducing drugs or surgery?

Depends: depends on the cause, for example, weight loss might help if one is more than 20% over their ideal body weight. Try to find the cause and you will have an idea for the best treatment. ...Read more

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What is more effective, laryngoscopy or endoscopy, to evaluate the larynx for voice changes ?

What is more effective, laryngoscopy or endoscopy, to evaluate the larynx for voice changes  ?

Laryngo -endo: Hi, a panendoscopy by an ENT which also includes a laryngoscopy is the first step in management and likely to give you the biggest bang for your buck. If that is negative then an endoscopy maybe considered but the chances of finding something causative is low. Please consult an ent. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is there a permanent cure for sore throat due to laryngopharyngeal reflux?

Is there a permanent cure for sore throat due to laryngopharyngeal reflux?

Med & surg options: Exposure of the vocal cords to stomach acid & pepsin will result in inflammation of the vocal cords (as is also often seen with acid regurgitation). Acute laryngitis may result, but watch out for chronic hoarseness, throat clearing, airway spasms, bronchitis, an asthma-type presentation, and even a higher risk of throat cancer. Had response to acid blocking drug before considering surgical option? ...Read more

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Is there accupressure treatment for enlarged heart valve with breathing difficulty?

Is there accupressure treatment for enlarged heart valve with breathing difficulty?

Stress/calm/balance: Although you can use acupressure to help calm yourself -it is not a treatment for this condition. ...Read more

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Voice cord inflammation for baby?

Voice cord inflammation for baby?

Yes: Baby's can have this from overuse, i.e. Too much screaming. Also infection such as croup-like syndromes. Even drainage from allergies or viral colds can cause hoarseness.If the baby is having no difficulty breathing, this usually clears up on its own. ...Read more

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Lpr reflux patients how common is reflux induced asthma I have lpr read on forums that swollen airways causes breathlessness wts treatment non acidic ?

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Lpr reflux patients how common is reflux induced asthma I have lpr read on forums that swollen airways causes breathlessness wts treatment non acidic ?

Reflux control: Antacids are part of the treatment, but mainly ither measures need to be done as well: weight control, avoiding overfeeding, excess carbonated beverages, caffeine, fatty foods, avoid eating and sleeping right after, sit uprightor walk after meals, same measures as controlling GERD or heartburn, of course take asthma meds too as prescribed, take care ...Read more

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Please tell me, could cancer of the throat (vocal cords) be caused by drinking. Alcoholism?

It is associated: All forms of head and neck cancer are increased by both alcohol and tobacco, but when someone both drinks and smokes, it is markedly increased. ...Read more

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Please explain what foods or vitamins help a recovering cancer of vocal cord patient?

Please explain what foods or vitamins help a recovering cancer of vocal cord patient?

No specific foods: There is no specific food that one needs to eat as long as you have a balanced diet including protein. You can take vitamin supplements as well if you are not getting them in your diet. ...Read more

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Phytotherapy (Definition)

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