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Larynx (Overview)

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 the vocal cords, etc.


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Are there any larynx exercises I can do?

Are there any larynx exercises I can do?

Lots: Speech pathologists sometimes specialize in voice therapy, and are experts in exercises for the voice. These exercises can be very helpful for some people. ...Read more

Larynx (Overview)

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 the vocal cords, etc.


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What is the definition or description of: larynx?

What is the definition or description of: larynx?

Voicebox: 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 the vocal cords, etc. ...Read more

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Where is the larynx located in neck?

Center, front: The larynx is the location of the voice and windpipe open and closure tissue. In males it is a prominent bump on the from of the middle of the neck. It is less prominent in females. Put your thumb and forefinger in the middle of the neck in a grasping position and hum and you will feel the vibration from the larynx. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Larynx obstruction?

What is the definition or description of: Larynx obstruction?

Larynx obstruction: Anything that blocks the lumen of the airway at the larynx level, is called laryngeal obstruction, or vocal cords. Mucous can be cleared with suction or spitting it out. Swelling and edema can occur when people have infection of these structures or one has a breathing tube put in their airway for breathing. Scarring can occur that can block the airway if one is not careful. Good luck. ...Read more

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I get excessive sticky white mucus build up in the larynx area, what condition (s) could this be?

I get excessive sticky white mucus build up in the larynx area, what condition (s) could this be?

LPR: Laryngopharyngeal reflux (lpr) is a form of gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease) that causes collection of mucous in the back of the throat and frequent need to clear one's throat. Seek an anti-reflux diet and try taking an acid-suppressive remedy. If symptoms persist see your doc. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can cinnamon capsules cause red larynx?

Yes: Cinnamon can be an irritant and can inflame the throat. If the capsules are intact, however, the cinnamon is not likely to cause it. ...Read more

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I have a polyp on my larynx caused from a bad intubation. I will need to get it removed. Is this going to farther affect my singing?

Very likely: Surgery around the vocal cords has the potential for temporary or even occasionally permanent voice changes. You need to discuss this thoroughly with your surgeon and your anesthesiologist. Since you may have had a difficult intubation before, it is important to get the medical record describing your intubation so your surgeon and anesthesiologist can review. ...Read more

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I was oversinging the other day and the next day it felt like a fire breathing dragon at my pharync/larynx area. Did this alone cause this?

I was oversinging the other day and the next day it felt like a fire breathing dragon at my pharync/larynx area. Did this alone cause this?

As above: Straining the vocal cord can cause some horsiness and throat discomfort, if it does not get better see your PCP for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Due to some structure issues with my larynx, I have a very hard time getting intubated even with a scope. Is a med alert bracelet recommended?

Due to some structure issues with my larynx, I have a very hard time getting intubated even with a scope. Is a med alert bracelet recommended?

Yes. Good idea: Hopefully you won't need intubation again, but have a med alert is a great idea if having any significant illness such as yours. This allows/alerts the medics/docs/nurse to prepare/have adequate/appropriate equipment to intervene as rapidly as possible in case of emergency.
Stay well...
Best of luck.. ...Read more

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Would a dr ever treat a problem that was not "clinically relevant" but relevant to the patient? E.G. Larynx not lethal but important for a singer

Most certainly: Clinical relevance must take patient's life and values into consideration. However, the needs a a professional vocalist differ from those of someone who sings as a hobby. I'm not sure what concern your question belies? ...Read more

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What region of the pharynx is closest to the larynx?

What region of the pharynx is closest to the larynx?

Hypopharynx: From top to bottom, nasopharynx, oropharynx, hypopharynx, larynx. Larynx divided into supraglottic larynx, glottis, subglottis. ...Read more

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Can non-smokers get larynx cancer?

Can non-smokers get larynx cancer?

Yes but rare: The most common larynx cancer is squamous cell carcinoma. This is almost always related to tobacco use. Non smokers can get it, but it is rare. There are also other rare types of cancer that occur in the larynx that are not tobacco related. ...Read more

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What are the tests for larynx cancer?

What are the tests for larynx cancer?

Biopsy is crucial: Larynx cancer is diagnosed after visual look by a procedure called laryngoscopy by an ENT doctor followed by a tumor biopsy to confirm diagnosis. Also ct, MRI or pet scan are often done. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of larynx cancer?

Hoarseness +: If the cancer affects the vocal cords, change in voice quality may be an early symptoms. Cancer in other parts of the larynx may not produce symptoms in early stages and may become obvious only once it has spread to the local lymph nodes. Other symptoms may include pain the throat, difficulty in swallowing, cough, sensation of choking etc. ...Read more

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How common is larynx cancer in men under 25?

How common is larynx cancer in men under 25?

Very rare: Laryngeal cancer usually occurs in older men who smoke and drink. If it occurs in a men under 25, it usually is a rare form of cancer. ...Read more

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What percentage of all smokers develop larynx cancer?

What percentage of all smokers develop larynx cancer?

1%: About two out of every thousand smokers gets larynx cancer every year. Assuming am averahe smoking lifetime of 50 years, about 1% of smokers well get larynx cancer in their lifetimes. How, more will get cancer of nearby organs, (hypopharynx, oropharynx, nasopharynx, trachea, cervical esophagus, oral cavity and, of course, lung). The risk of smoking should not be underestimated. ...Read more

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Could floppy larynx in babies cause female adam's apples?

Could floppy larynx in babies cause female adam's apples?

Doubtful: I have never heard of that. A floppy larynx is because the cartilage is still soft and it hardens with time- appropriately. I have never heard of any correlation to female adams apple. ...Read more

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For someone with larynx cancer 4th stage, can it be cured?

For someone with larynx cancer 4th stage, can it be cured?

Depends how stage 4: Laryngeal cancer can be stage 4 in a few different ways. If it is stage 4 because of being locally advanced, or because it involves lymph nodes--then, there is a chance. If it is stage 4 because it has spread to the lungs, then it is extremely unlikely that it will be cured. Even when it has spread to the lungs, it doesn't mean that there is nothing we can do, however. ...Read more

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Why do I have a painful lump between my larynx & the bottom of my neck?

Why do I have a painful lump between my larynx & the bottom of my neck?

See Head & Neck doc.: There is a broad list of causes of neck masses. If off to the side this is likely a lymph node. They can be enlarged from 1) normal response to inflammation 2) lymph node cancer 3) regional cancer moved to lymph node 4) weird infections. If this has been present for more than a few weeks please see a doc experienced in head and neck disease. Usually a Plastic Surgeon or ENT. ...Read more

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When I move my larynx from side to side it feels almost "crunchy", I know that sounds weird, but it's almost like it's moving over a rough surface.

Yes, your spine.: The feeling you describe is normal, and is the solid cartilage rings of the larynx getting close to other solid components in your neck.. ..And quit wiggling your larynx around--find something else to do! ...Read more

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ENT found "lesions" on both sides of larynx. What could this mean? Recheck in eight weeks

ENT found "lesions" on both sides of larynx. What could this mean? Recheck in eight weeks

Not for sure: You should ask your ENT to explain what he found in your larynx. Call the doctor don't wait 8 weeks, get a better explanation of what you have. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for larynx cancer?

Larynx, also called: The voice box, comprises true vocal cords (the glottis), a short subglottis before the trachea and a supraglottis up to the epi-glottis and its functional parts. Treat ranges from laryngectomy (surgery), to radiotherapy alone for glottic, or chemoradiotherapy for supraglottic disease. It is highly curable in most stages. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of larynx Cancer?

What is the survival rate of larynx Cancer?

Depends on:: Survival depends on several factors including how advanced it is (stage), age of patient, other medical problems, and how experienced the hospital is in treating head and neck cancers. ...Read more

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How are laryngitis and larynx cancer different?

How are laryngitis and larynx cancer different?

Inflammation vs: Cancer. Laryngitis is inflammation of the voice, usually viral and it causes hoarseness and usually resolves. Laryngeal cancer is usually due to smoking and if not treated in the early stages can cause death. Consult these sites for details.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/laryngitis/ds00366
http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/wyntk/larynx. ...Read more

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How much do you have to smoke to get a larynx cancer?

How much do you have to smoke to get a larynx cancer?

Unknown: We don't know the exact amount of smoking that increases your risk of the many kinds of cancers which are related to smoking but, we do know that non-smokers are far less likely to develop larynx cancer. Consider the risks of cancer, heart disease, amputations and the expense...It's totally worth it to quit. You can get help from a tobacco cessation group or from your physician. ...Read more

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What is the difference between laryngitis and a larynx cancer?

What is the difference between laryngitis and a larynx cancer?

Need an examination: Laryngitis= inflammation of the voice/vocal cords
larynx cancer= malignant tumor of the voice box

both will make the voice change (hoarse, short of breath, painful or difficult speaking), and only an ent/head and neck surgeon can help you tell the difference between the two. The doctor will slide a slender camers into your nose/mouth and look at the throat. If you smoke, stop immediately... ...Read more

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Where exactly does a doctor feel for your larynx if swollen or not?

Thyroid: They're not feeling your larynx specifically. They're checking for your thyroid which is right below your larynx - for nodules, enlargement, irregularity that would indicate possible disease. ...Read more

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What number of cigarettes a day can trigger the risk of larynx cancer?

No safe number: Any use of tobacco increases the risk of cancer and there is no safe number for cigarettes. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my larynx/thyroid is getting bigger? I'm 23/f is it still healthy?

Could you tell me why my larynx/thyroid is getting bigger? I'm 23/f is it still healthy?

Thyroid Enlargement: Thyroid enlargement is called a goiter. It is often due to an iodine deficiency. Are you gaining weight? Are you extra tired? Does cold bother you? A goiter goes along with hypothyroidism. Has a doctor felt your thyroid to make sure you do not have nodules on your thyroid? I definitely recommend you see a good physician, have a physical exam, and get some laboratory tests. ...Read more

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My larynx/thyroid is getting bigger. I'm 23/f Could it still be healthy? Or is this serious?

My larynx/thyroid is getting bigger. I'm 23/f Could it still be healthy? Or is this serious?

Ask your doc: Hi. Your question doesn't really make sense. The larynx and thyroid are completely different things, so "larynx/thyroid getting bigger" is not meaningful. So why don't you see your doc, and see what exactly is getting bigger. Larynxs don't tend to get bigger, but thyroids certainly can. We can help you if we have to guess too much. Good luck. ...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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Continual intermittent fluttering feeling near larynx causing feeling of shallow breathing & choking. Lasts seconds.

Continual intermittent fluttering feeling near larynx causing feeling of shallow breathing & choking. Lasts seconds.

It is either...: ...Continuous or intermittent. Can't be both. From your description, you are either experiencing reflux that effects your breathing, or anxiety. If it's reflux, there are many ways to help including medicine and dietary changes. If it's anxiety, that's more complicated. See your doctor for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more