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What is the cause of hoarseness of voice after thyroidectomy?

What is the cause of hoarseness of voice after thyroidectomy?

Shortly after ...: Hoarseness can occur from irritation caused by the endotracheal tube placed between you vocal cords into your wind pipe to breath for you while under anesthesia. Another less common cause is a weakness or paralysis of a vocal cord due to injury to a nerve that is used to close your vocal cords together for speaking, coughing and swallowing. This can be a temporary or permanent problem.See your ent. ...Read more

Dr. Phil Zapanta
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Hoarse Voice (Definition)

Hoarseness is having difficulty producing sound when trying to speak, or a change in the pitch or quality of the voice. The voice may sound weak, very breathy, scratchy, or husky. Hoarseness is usually caused by a problem in the vocal cords. Most cases of hoarseness occur with swelling (inflammation) ...Read more


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I have a large toxic adenoma and a hoarse voice. What are my chances of getting my normal voice back after my thyroidectomy ?

Half: About 50/50. Depends on if the voice box or the nerve that controls the voice box is involved or not. Won't know until the surgery is done to see if u recover. ...Read more

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Hi six years ago i had a thyroidectomy removing the right lobe only. this has left me permanently hoarse.and sometimes even waking to a lost voice.what can be the cause of this?

Hi six years ago i had a thyroidectomy removing the right lobe only. this has left me permanently hoarse.and sometimes even waking to a lost voice.what can be the cause of this?

When 2 get evaluated: Voice changes after thyroidectomy can occur, it is usually temporary. The nerve that controls the voice is close to the site of your surgery. Get an evaluation with your local ENT doc. Ask for an evaluation of your vocal cords. Likely they will look at your cords with a scope. It is not too late, take friend or family with you to exam. Be well. ...Read more

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Been reading about hoarseness after total thyroidectomy so basically even with the best surgeon you can have mild hoarseness or voice issues after?

Not really: hoarseness associated with a total thyroidectomy is usually related to either injury to or inflammation around the recurrent laryngeal nerve. It can be up to 10% risk of either temporary or permanent nerve damage. All the literature suggests that the most important factor in deciding a surgeon is volume. I only send my patients to high volume thyroid surgeons. ...Read more

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Had total thyroidectomy in January no complications for MNG. Have had a cold nose , to touch and clear Post nasal drip and light hoarse voice , why?

Had total thyroidectomy in January no complications for MNG.  Have had a cold nose , to touch and clear Post nasal drip and  light hoarse voice , why?

Could be Rhinitis: Chronic rhinitis presents with a variety of symptoms including nasal congestion, running, ear fullness, itching (eyes and nose), and post-nasal drip that can be seasonal or year round. Triggers can be allergic (animal dander, pollen, dust mites) or non-allergic (strong scents/odors, cleaning products, weather changes). See an Allergist to determine if your symptoms are consistent with above. ...Read more

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Is a hoarse voice normal after a tyroidectomy?

Depend on how long s: Voice changes expected following any surgical procedure, requiring general anesthesia ? this usually result from throat and laryngeal irritation from anesthesia tube (endotracheal tube), usually transient and last few days. In regard to thyroid surgery, specifically there is always risk of laryngeal nerve injury, which result in voice changes, this can be permanent or temporary. ...Read more

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So post thyriodectomy a hoarse voice isn't normal?

Is it persistent: If it is more then few weeks since thyroid surgery? recommend examination of voice box? return to your surgeon/otolaryngologist for such evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
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Thyroidectomy (Definition)

This is the removal of all or part of the thyroid gland. It is generally performed for rumors of the gland, occasionally for enlarged and hyper functioning glands that do ...Read more