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Doctor insights on: Is Vocal Cord Paralysis Curable

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Is vocal cord paralysis curable?

Is vocal cord paralysis curable?

It depends.: Depends on the cause, and is it unilateral or bilateral. There are procedures to make the voice pretty normal and to get rid of the other symptoms, but there is no procedure to make the nerve work completely normally. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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How typical is vocal cord paralysis?

How typical is vocal cord paralysis?

Common: Vocal cord paralysis has numerous causes and can affect speaking, breathing, and swallowing. The left vocal cord is affected twice as often as the right, and females are affected more often than males (3:2). Diagnosis is based on direct visualization. An extensive assessment may be necessary to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What are the tests for vocal cord paralysis?

What are the tests for vocal cord paralysis?

Laryngoscopy: The most common way to diagnose vocal cord paralysis is laryngoscopy in the office. This can be done with a mirror in the mouth, or passing a small bendable telescope through the nose into the throat to look at the larynx. There are fancy electrical tests to measure vocal cord nerve input, but that is difficult and not often used. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis?

What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis?

Voice: Hi. Vocal cord paralysis results from damage to one or both recurrent laryngeal nerves (assume 1). This usually results from neck, lung, or mediastinal tumors, or from surgery in that region. The affected vocal cord is paralyzed. This makes vocal intonation with that cord unadjustable, so there is a raspy, somewhat constant tone from the affected cord (the contralateral normal cord works fine). ...Read more

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What are the effects of vocal cord paralysis on speech?

Hoarse, breathy.: Hoarse, breathy, or weak voice are all complications of unilateral or bilateral vocal cord paralysis. ...Read more

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Will my 1-year-old son recover from vocal cord paralysis?

Vocal cord paralysis: If your baby's doctor diagnosed "vocal cord paralysis" why hasn't your baby been referred to an ear, nose, and throat doctor - preferably one more used to to caring for babies? ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vocal cord paralysis?

What is the treatment for vocal cord paralysis?

Please see below.: Vocal cord paralysis can cause a characteristic breathy voice often accompanied by difficulty swallowing, a weak cough, and feeling short of breath. If both vocal cords are affected, symptoms can include stridor. It can have a variety of causes, and correct treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting vocal cord paralysis?

Yes: If they have certain immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or if they have had instrumentation over their vocal cords such as thru trauma or medical procedure like endoscopy or being on a ventilator. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Vocal cord paralysis?

What is the definition or description of: Vocal cord paralysis?

Immobile: There are vocal cords on right and left.
If both are damaged or paralyzed airway may be severely obstructed.
With some surgery or tumors one side may be immobile due to nerve damage or division of recurrent laryngeal nerve.
There is good treatment by ENT.
Hoarseness is a common symptom. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis and is there any way to address them?

Please see below.: Vocal cord paralysis can cause a characteristic breathy voice often accompanied by difficulty swallowing, a weak cough, and feeling short of breath. If both vocal cords are affected, symptoms can include stridor. It can have a variety of causes, and correct treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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My sister says she has vocal cord paralysis. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Not likely: No increased risk of vocal cord paralysis in family members since the causes of vocal cord paralysis are not inherited. ...Read more

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Infant was born with partial vocal cord paralysis. What happens over the next 1-6 months?

Aspiration?: Watch for choking episodes, or recurrent pneumonia, or shortness of breath. These symptoms would require help from a pediatric ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Can you get vocal cord paralysis from a dental anaesthetic injection?

Can you get vocal cord paralysis from a dental anaesthetic injection?

Dental anesthesia: Local anesthetics injected into the mouth structures should not affect the vocal cords. Discuss this with your dentist or oral surgeon. ...Read more

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My daughters ENT has recommended surgery for her vocal cord paralysis what is the best way to get a second opinion?

My daughters ENT has recommended surgery for her vocal cord paralysis what is the best way to get a second opinion?

Ask your primary doc: If you need a second opinion, ask your primary care doctor to make a referral for you. He/she will have all the records and can send it to your next referral. You can even ask your current ENT for a name for a second opinion. Good specialist should not be offended if a patient asked for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is it possible for strep throat bacteria cause vocal cord paralysis?

Is it possible for strep throat bacteria cause vocal cord paralysis?

No: Swelling of the throat can affect the vocal cords and make it difficult to talk. In whopping cough (pertussis) this can be severe to the point of inability to breath. Damage to the nerve to the vocal cords should not occur. ...Read more

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Is vocal cord dysfunction dangerous?

Depends: The severity and plausible cause have to be evaluated. Sometimes it can cause severe coughing, wheezing or sob, and may even contribute to aspiration. Have it evaluated and looked at if necessary to make the proper treatment, and even retraining. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vocal cord dysfunction (vcd)?

Stridor: Patients with this problem are almost always teenage girls (unknown reasons). The symptoms are noisy breathing (stridor) that goes away with sleep and relaxation. ...Read more

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 on a ...Read more


Dr. Michael Koriwchak
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Vocal Cord Paralysis (Definition)

There are vocal cords on right and left. If both are damaged or paralyzed airway may be severely obstructed. With some surgery or tumors one side may be immobile due to nerve damage or division of recurrent laryngeal nerve. There is good treatment by ENT. Hoarseness ...Read more