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Leukoplakia Vocal Cords
Benign Leukoplakia removed form vocal cord 1 mth ago. Now shows scar tissue. Do I need to worry abt turning to cancer or is everything ok? Scared
No imminent: Danger. You are not in any imminent danger, however, you should follow your doctor's advice for follow-up visits and tests. If you smoke, quit now. ...Read more
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
Elaborate? Benign Leukoplakia removed form vocal cord 1 mth ago. Shows big post-op scarring. Voice ok, worried about turning cancer later. Unlikely?
Remain watchful: Leukoplakia is a precursor lesion which can evolve into cancer in a small minority of people. But once it is removed then there is minimal risk of that change. Yet you must be checked by your ENT doctor periodically. This is an easy area to monitor yet any change of voice will require you to get checked. By and large you are expected to do well. So remain alert yet not worry too much. ...Read more
Is it common to have lots scar tissue 1 mnth after removing benign leukoplakia from vocal cord? Can scar turn to cancer in future or is it unlikely?
Unlikely if benign: If the lesion is benign then it is very unlikely to transform into a cancerious focus. ...Read more
HPV: Human papilloma virus (hpv) causes papillomas on the vocal cords in infants and older children. Please discuss the likely method of acquisition and any treatment with your child's doctor. There are over 60 strains of hpv that can cause laryngeal papillomatosis. Perhaps in the future the hpv vaccine might be able to provide some measure of prevention. ...Read more
Either or both:
Cab drivers, for instance, may develop vocal cord polyps (growths) from recurrent screaming (at other motorists) this starts as swelling and inflamation. Polyps can go on to become malignant tumors in rare cases.
This needs to be looked into if symptoms persist. ...Read more
VCs: What are the symptoms? What is the history? ...Read more
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Possible, ask yr MD: Tobacco smoke irritates the vocal cords, so certainly it will help, but there may be other factors affecting your voice. Check with your doctor, there can be other things going on, some serious & some not. Kudos for quitting! . Important to get support (class, help line, nic anonymous) as relapsing will definitely make it worse, as well as affecting your body adversely in other ways. ...Read more
Viral or physical: The term vocal fold (chord) problem is very non-specific. If you are hoarse from a long flight, there are at least 3 possibilities. You may have talked too much (voice abuse), you may have contacted a viral infection from another passenger (laryngitis) or the physical environment may cause dryness of the throat and larynx. Time and fluids or occasionally oral steroids will resolve your problem. ...Read more
Do the vocal cords move when we breath in and out? Or do they just stay open? And do they close completely when u hold ur breath?
Open when breathing: Normal vocal cords abduct (open) with inspiration (breathing). They may paradoxically close during inspiration causing stridor (noisy upper airway sound). If paralyzed they may also adduct (close) due to Bernoulli's principle, as velocity increased, pressure decreases collapsing the vocal cords. ...Read more
By your voice: And examination of vocal cords with a scope ...Read more
Yes: Damaging any part of your body purposefully is bad. ...Read more
Please get a thorough evaluation from an otolaryngologist. Your discomfort may be the result of snoring, sleep apnea, acid reflux or other problems.
And the discomfort that you feel may be in the general vicinity of the vocal cords but may truly not be arising in the vocal cords. ...Read more
Please have your: Parents ask this question. Healthtap can only answer questions from people who are 16 and older (it's a legal thing). ...Read more
Everytime I finish singing my vocal cords hurt! What can I do? And I don't really sing the same nomore
Time to get checked.: An otolaryngologist (ear nose and throat doctor) may be able to help. A focused history and physical examination with may include a quick scoping of your throat and vocal cords can rule out any serious problems. ...Read more
I'm curious what could happen when your vocal cords are removed? How can that happen in the first place?
Back in time I used to sing/screem/shout alot. Nowadays I feel that I've problem with my vocal cords. How to recover vocal cords?
See a doctor:
Please see your doctor for a complete history and physical.
A consultation with an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) may be appropriate for complete visualization of your vocal cords. ...Read more
Never: I am not sure what you mean. There is no laryngologist that would remove the vocal folds unless you had carcinoma of both vocal folds. If you mean you have a lesion on a vocal fold that causes hoarseness such as a nodule, polyp, hemorrhage, granuloma, you need an ENT doctor. If your question is as you pose it, you would wind up with aphonia, complete absence of your voice. ...Read more
Tough question: It is hard to know what structures in your throat are causeing dicomfort. It may not be the vocal cords themselves. If the syptoms do not respond to simple measures right away I would see your doctor. Certain blood pressure meds can cause persistent throat itchiness. You might be having an allergic reaction to something. You might have an infection or a vocal cord polyp. ...Read more