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Larynx Obstruction (Overview)

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.


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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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Larynx Obstruction (Overview)

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.


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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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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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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

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What is the treatment for larynx cancer?

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 are the consequences of the stomach acid reflux to the larynx? And how can we cure them?

See below.: Acid that refluxes to the larynx can cause voice changes, pain, dental erosions and raises your risk of developing cancerous changes in the esophagus. Gerd this severe should be assessed by your doc and controlled with medications such as Omeprazole in addition to the standard gerd precautions. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of an raspy hoarse voice in the mornings?

How do I get rid of an raspy hoarse voice in the mornings?

The nose knows: The most likely cause of transient vocal raspiness in the morning is due to collection of fluid in the back of the larynx (voice box) which in tern is often due to allergy. Another cause is esophageal reflux with the fluid getting into the throat. Antihistamines will help the former cause. Antacids will help the latter cause. ...Read more

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How many cigarettes a day can trigger a case of larynx cancer?

How many cigarettes a day can trigger a case of larynx cancer?

1 is too many: We don't know the answer to your question but, we do know that that laryngeal cancer happens way more often in people who smoke than it does in those who don't. Every cigarette does harm to the body in some way and, with the damage smoking also does to the finances, it's just not worth it in my book. If you were born after 1970, there's no excuse for starting- we know it's harmful... ...Read more

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Hello. What can you tell about wurn tecnique. Is it something I should consider to prevent another abdominal obstruction operation?

Hello. What can you tell about wurn tecnique. Is it something I should consider to prevent another abdominal obstruction operation?

Yes and No to Wurn: Wurn technique has been used by some to relieve post-op adhesions and pain by deep tissue massage. The concerns include worry about other underlying causes of pain/obstruction. Be mindful of the body's use of pain to signal for more attention. Consider involving your GI doc, physical therapist, dietician and Wurn technique in your quest to avoid future obstructions. My vote goes to diet and yoga. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I could get renal artery occlusion?

Are there some genetic reasons I could get renal artery occlusion?

Yes: There are inherited disorders of clotting that can predispose you to arterial disease in the kidney and elsewhere. Additionally there are familial disorders of metabolism that cause accelerated atherosclerosis. A strong family history of premature arterial disease or heart attacks raises one's suspicions. These conditions can be mitigated through judicious use of medications. ...Read more

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I have a 4cm cyst in my throat above sternum, its pushing against my thyroid, larynx and esophagus. What are the best surgical practices and risk invo?

I have a 4cm cyst in my throat above sternum, its pushing against my thyroid, larynx and esophagus. What are the best surgical practices and risk invo?

Need more work up.: This could be many things. If you can see this mass for the outside, it would likely be a superficial cyst, thyroid mass, possible a thyroglossal duct cyst if midline. If the mass you are describing is seen inside it could be a cyst, carcinoma, lymphoma. You need an exam, poss. Endoscopy, poss. Ct imaging, poss. A biopsy. I can't stress enough to see an experienced ENT or head ; neck surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and life expectancy of someone with cancer of the larynx ?

Can you tell me the risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and life expectancy of someone with cancer of the larynx ?

See below: Tobacco use is the major risk factor, hoarseness is a common symptom and treatment is by surgery and radiation. The question is too involved to address all the issues. Please visit this site for more info. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/laryngeal/patient/page1. ...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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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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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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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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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

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Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more


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