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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

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Larynx (Definition)

The larynx is the organ that houses the vocal cords. This provides speech, and protects the airway from aspirating food. There are other functions also, such as allowing increased pressure for weight lifting by partially closing ...Read more


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Does vocal cord dysfuction mimic asthma?

Does vocal cord dysfuction mimic asthma?

Yes: Yes it can. You may need a good history taking by your doctor, a good examination and likely a breathing test (spirometry) ...Read more

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Describe nasal expiratory positive airway pressure (epap)?

Describe nasal expiratory positive airway pressure (epap)?

Provent: Referrring to provent?...Epap is the measurable postive pressure in your airway as you exhale. So as you breath out provent causes pressure to build up in your airway that keep your tissues from collapsing. This can be as high as as 12 cm water. (cpap can get up to 16 cm of water). For this to work your mouth must stay closed & must not have nasal obstruction. ...Read more

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Can severe coughing damage your vocal. Cords? Voice isn't normal.

Can severe coughing damage your vocal. Cords?   Voice isn't normal.

It can: A severe cough can lead to vocal chord inflammation, tear, or even coming loose. However, other causes of vocal chord change and voice change are far more common and can be a sign of serious illness. See an ENT or pulmonologist as soon as possible to get checked out. ...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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Is bronchospasm more common in children with airway malacia (weakness/floppyness)?

Is bronchospasm more common in children with airway malacia (weakness/floppyness)?

Yes: Children with Tracheobronchomalacia have a weakness in the airway. This predisposes them to airway obstruction because of the accumulation of mucus. Their inability to properly clear the airway of mucus might result in irritation of the bronchial mucosa and bronchospasm. The child needs to be under the management of a Pediatrician, who will prescribe the appropriate treatment, as needed. ...Read more

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Are vocal cord polyps reversible?

Are vocal cord polyps reversible?

They can shrink: Often times the best coure of action is to have the polyp removed (and biopsied for presence of cancer cells-as benign polyps can convert to malignant tumors) check with an experienced otolaryngolgist (ent). ...Read more

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Is vocal cord nodule painful?

Is vocal cord nodule painful?

Typically no: Vocal cord nodules/cysts typically do not cause pain, but often hoarseness. If the cyst is infected or becoming too large, may cause pain and difficult breathing etc... Obviously you should follow-up with your doc about the nodule and make sure it is not malignant/canerous etc.. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is collapse of arytenoid into airway upon inhalation with strider/breathlessness in adult with normal vocal chord movement mechanical or functional?

Is collapse of arytenoid into airway upon inhalation with strider/breathlessness in adult with normal vocal chord movement mechanical or functional?

Depends.: Good question. Depends why it is happening. If it is occurring due to muscle tension dysphonia (inappropriate use of muscles of voice production), it's functional and may improve with voice therapy by a Speech a Pathologist. Other causes such as swelling or trauma are not functional, though it is not common that they are referred to as mechanical. Be sure to follow up with your ENT on this issue, ...Read more

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Can vocal cord nodules interfere with breathing?

Can vocal cord nodules interfere with breathing?

No, but ....: Classic screamer's nodules or "singer's nodules" of the vocal cords do not obstruct the airway. On the other hand, infants and children can be infected with the hpv virus (usually during vaginal delivery), and this can cause respiratory papillomas of the vocal cords - these will grown slowly and, despite being a benign disease, can result in fatal airway obstruction. If concerned, see a doc! ...Read more

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Can allergy cause inflammation of neck airways(apart from nasal airways), leading to labored breathing?

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Possible: but only when it causes swelling at the throat would you have labored breathing. See an ENT to find out if you have any upper airway obstruction and possibly vocal cord dysfunction. ...Read more

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Is a hoarse voice a symptom of strep throat or laryngitis?

Is a hoarse voice a symptom of strep throat or laryngitis?

Laryngitis: Acute laryngitis sx are hoarse voice, cough, sore throat and other URI sx.Strep throat has headache, sore throat with exudate, bodyaches , fever, chills and no hoarse voice. ...Read more

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Gerd/acid reflux affect on vocal chord?

It can: Reflux that penetrates above the upper esophageal sphincter mechanism can sometimes affect the upper airway including vocal cords. Symptoms can include throat pain and burning, difficulty swallowing and voice changes including hoarseness. Check with your doctor. A quick endoscopic examination can make this diagnosis. ...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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Is allergic rhinitis can affect vocal cords?

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Is allergic rhinitis can affect vocal cords?

Yes: If you have a lot of post-nasal drips, it can irritate the vocal cord. If you need to breathe through your mouth because of nasal obstruction, your throat may feel dry from the mouth-breathing. ...Read more

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Does oropharyngeal dysphagia cause constant coughing?

Does oropharyngeal dysphagia cause constant coughing?

Coughing: It is does if you are aspirating, impaired sensory innervation, or have associated laryngophargeal reflux. try prilosec and see ENT. May need barium esophageal. ...Read more

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I just found out I have angioedema that presents w/laryngeal stridor. It betters with epi/benedryl/steriods and recurs often. What kind of ang. is it?

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I just found out I have angioedema that presents w/laryngeal stridor. It betters with epi/benedryl/steriods and recurs often. What kind of ang. is it?

Duration?: If your angioedema is frequently associated with laryngeal swelling, you need to be sure that you don't have a condition known as hereditary angioedema (you may or may not have a family history )which does not respond to any of the medications mentioned. Since this can be life-threatening, make sure to see an allergist to find out since there are very effective medications for this condi ...Read more

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Smoke or sickness triggers recurring laryngeal stridor. My skin looks normal outside. Benedryl+epi+steroid works. Doc says angioedema, but what kind?

Smoke or sickness triggers recurring laryngeal stridor. My skin looks normal outside. Benedryl+epi+steroid works. Doc says angioedema, but what kind?

Vocal cord: Your problem is likely from irritant vocal cord dysfunction when your vocal cord closes up when irritated. I often associate this problem with acid reflux which may or may not be in your case. See an ENT doctor to get checked out . ...Read more

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I want to manage recurring angioedema that causes layngeal stridor. Triggers are very hard to avoid. Any advice? I take benedryl+steroids already. :)

Specialist: Are you seeing an Immuno/allergy specialist and have they determined what triggers this response? That needs to be done. The response you are describing is lifethreatening and not to be taken lightly. Your life depends on being diligent about avoiding the triggers! My advice - see the specialist and develop a plan of care specific for YOU that ensures your wellbeing. You are worth the effort. ...Read more

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I constantly go to the ER with stridor. I feel like my throat is stuck together at the base of my neck. Is there anything I can do at home to help?

I constantly go to the ER with stridor. I feel like my throat is stuck together at the base of my  neck. Is there anything I can do at home to help?

Vocal cord dysfunctn: You likely have an issue related to vocal cords spasms restricting air flow. This can be confirmed by an ENT. Treatment requires training with a speech & language specialist who can teach you how to breathe through the episodes. Other issues need to be ruled out & this is often misdiagnosed as a form of asthma. ...Read more

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2 year old with stridor, low oxygen and now has a red rash on his cheeks and on his side. My 2 year old woke up yesterday morning with stridor. I rushed him to the ER - his oxygen level was 79. His neck and chest were caving when he would inhale. Chest x-

2 year old with stridor, low oxygen and now has a red rash on his cheeks and on his side. My 2 year old woke up yesterday morning with stridor. I rushed him to the ER - his oxygen level was 79. His neck and chest were caving when he would inhale. Chest x-

Treat resp sx: If he has congestion and stridor, it is most likely related to a viral infection/croup. Without seeing the rash it is difficult to determine. The o2 saturation level was low upon arrival in the er. This finding and his exam would indicate that he needed to have oxygen and breathing treatments to open his airway. Hopefully he is better- prmg/peds can review medical records faxed to 858 259 9689. ...Read more

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What are possible causes for stridor in adults?

What are possible causes for stridor in adults?

Several causes: Toxic gas inhalation,acute epiglottitis,inhaled foreign body laryngeal tumors pharyngeal tumors, paratracheal compression by enlarged lymph nodes, vocal cord palsy, granulation tissue in airway from previous intubation or tracheostomy are few causes. Something that causes partial obstruction to airway. ...Read more

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Can stridor disappear when asleep but as soon as you wake up come back ?

Sometimes: Some narrowings of airway require forced inspiration and can be heard during crying and when taking deep breaths. Shallow inspiration that occurs in children at night may not make stridor so apparent. As a general rule but not always stridor associated with malacia or soft airway is easier heard during quiet breathing and stridor with fixed stenoses better during forced inspiration. ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnosed with croup.How long does last and how long does stridor last, and is phlegm associated with the croup.

My daughter was diagnosed with croup.How long does last and how long does stridor last, and is phlegm associated with the croup.

Croup : Generally 3-4 days and improves with a one time dose of steroids; Deaxamathasone which may be repeated in 2 days if uncared. Breathing treatment are available for more rapid resolution of symptoms. Elevate her head and keep the room cool and not too dry. All the beast. ...Read more

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I really don't want to visit the ER. I've got stridor- is there anything at all I can do to help it at home? I don't want to miss work.

Strider: Strider implies that there is an issue with your breathing space or airway. You should not wait to check it out. There is no home aid for this ...Read more

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What is stridor?

Airway noise: Stridor usually noise made by air passing through narrowed, obstructed or floppy airway. Stridor can be inspiratory or exhalatory.Most inspiratory stridor is in larynx or proximal trachea. Some exhalatory noise in trachea ususally from soft airway tracheomalacia.Both inspiratory and exhalatory(biphasic) can be in airway just below vocal cords (subglottic trachea).Wheeze sound lower airway asthma ...Read more

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Can a person have stridor with a trach?

Complications: Complications related to chronic tracheostomy such as granulation tissue, stenosis , or web will cause stridor following extubation. Airway should be evaluated by imaging or endoscopy before extubating patient to avoid subsequent ventilation problemsl. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of stridor?

What's the best treatment to get rid of stridor?

See a doctor: Stridor is usually caused by swelling of the vocal cords or the nearby tissues of the airway and larynx. This can be dangerous or deadly if it triggers a laryngospasm. Prednisone or some other steroid treatment is the most effective to get the swelling down. In urgent or emergent cases Epinephrine in a nebulizer can be used as well. ...Read more

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What are the differences between stridor and wheezing?

What are the differences between stridor and wheezing?

Breathing noises: Stridor noise made by air passing through narrowed, obstructed or floppy airway.Stridor can be inspiratory or exhalatory.Most inspiratory stridor is in larynx/ prox.trachea.Some exhalatory noise in trachea ususally tracheomalacia.Both inspiratory and exhalatory(biphasic) can be in airway just below vocal cords..Wheezing high-pitched whistling sound made while exhaling commonly asthma/bronchiolitis ...Read more

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Newborn has stridor Im worried took him to dr. and he said its nothing to be concerned about but I looked it up it said it is life threatening?

Newborn has stridor Im  worried  took him to dr. and he said its nothing to be concerned about but I looked it up it said it is life threatening?

Different types: Stridor have different causes & presentation, it could be life- threatening in some cases due to the airways obstruction. In newborns commonly it is a benign, from the floppy airways, which improves with a prone positioning and resolves with a time. But it also could have and an opposite end of the spectrum from different causes. You always can seek a second opinion or consult ENT specialist. Best ...Read more

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My son 13 mths old, was diagnosed with croupe March 1 & only one episode of stridor. Nofever until today. ( seven days later).102.9 with wet cough. ?

My son 13 mths old, was diagnosed with croupe March 1 & only one episode of stridor. Nofever until today. ( seven days later).102.9 with wet cough. ?

Cough and fever: could be a new viral illness, but if your child had continued nasal congestion and mild cough following the croup on March 1, then he may have a secondary bacterial infection and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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My daughter has had croup with stridor for more then a week. They had admitted her in the hospital over night. Even when she sleeps i here the stridor?

My daughter has had croup with stridor for more then a week. They had admitted her in the hospital over night. Even when she sleeps i here the stridor?

Croup: Most kids with this are not seriously ill, but symptoms can last several weeks. Humidify the air so secretions can be coughed up, lots of oral fluids, close monitoring to make sure she is not exhausting herself. If she develops fever or other symptoms not present initially she may be having secondary bacterial infection and will need to see a pediatrician again. Hope she is better soon. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about stridor?

A lot...: True stridor is considered a medical emergently since it represents an airway which is closing. If a patient truly has strider, 911 should be called and the person taken immediately to the nearest er. A tube may need to be placed in the airway so that artificial ventilation can be done while the etiology is diagnosed and treated. Stridor can be life-threatening and even fatal. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some possible causes for stridor in adults?

Some causes: Acute: Airway trauma, laryngitis usually viral, shock or anaphylaxis, aspiration of foreign body, epiglottitis, and inhalation of smoke or noxious materials. Chronic: Laryngeal tumor, chronic infection and granulomatous disease TB, Wegener's, rheumatoid arthritis, extrinsic tumors pressing on airway, chronic intubation. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with stridor?

Common in children: Croup is common in children 6 months to 6 years during spring and fall, usually caused by virus such as parainfluenza..Croup accounts for 15 percent of respiratory tract infections among children in pediatric practice. ...Read more

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Noisy High Pitched Breathing (Definition)

Stridor is an abnormal, high-pitched, musical breathing sound caused by a blockage in the throat or voice box (larynx). It is usually heard when ...Read more