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What could be the cause of sudden dry pain in larynx and sounding like i've a cold when speaking, plus chesty cough, symptoms going on for weeks?
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
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
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
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
What is it called when someone loses their voice but there is no structural damage to the larynx or neuro basis?
Loosing voice: Psychogenic aphonia!Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Hypopharynx: From top to bottom, nasopharynx, oropharynx, hypopharynx, larynx. Larynx divided into supraglottic larynx, glottis, subglottis. ...Read more
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
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