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Doctor insights on: Leukoplakia Vocal Cords

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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

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.

Vocal Cord (Definition)

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


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Elaborate? Benign Leukoplakia removed form vocal cord 1 mth ago. Shows big post-op scarring. Voice ok, worried about turning cancer later. Unlikely?

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.

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Is everyone born with vocal cords?

Is everyone born with vocal cords?

YES...,: Vocal cords are important organ of our body. Sometimes babies can born with vocal cord paralysis with breathing, swallowing and voice issues.

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What causes nodules in the vocal cords?

What causes nodules in the vocal cords?

Nodules: Vocal abuse. Causes tissue trauma when yelling, do staccatos well singing, heard attacks on voice. See ENT. Can go away with prolonged voice rest.

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Will bringing up mucus effect vocal cords?

Depends whether: Accompanied by coughing see {pcp for reasons for mucous.

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What can be done about paralyzed vocal cords?

What can be done about paralyzed vocal cords?

Two things: 1) speech language pathology treatments 2) collagen injections http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/vocal-cord-paralysis/ds00670/dsection=treatments-and-drugs.

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What causes papillomatosis of the vocal cords in a child?

What causes papillomatosis of the vocal cords in a child?

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.

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Can I have damaged my vocal cords or are they just swollen?

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.

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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.

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Can it be possible for you to permanently damage your vocal cords by screaming?

Absolutely: Every time you scream, you are damaging the mucosa over the vocal fold muscle. The recurrent screaming may lead to vocal fold hemorrhage and permanent scarring or cyst formation. So, yes, screaming can permanently damage your vocal folds.

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Thoughts? Could my vocal cords go back to their normal function if I abstain smoking?

Thoughts? Could my vocal cords go back to their normal function if I abstain smoking?

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.

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Please if somebody can help - vocal cords problem since flew to japan and got laryngitis bad?

Please if somebody can help - vocal cords problem since flew to japan and got laryngitis bad?

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.

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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.

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Can they repair vocal cords once they're damaged?

Can they repair vocal cords once they're damaged?

Depends: If damaged by singing or yelling, rest and humidification can help, some ENT docs specialize in this area. If due to growths on the vocal cord, the ear nose and throat doc can shave them off with a blade or laser.

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What is good to eat for recovering my vocal cords?

Vocal cords: Not sure what your vocal cords would be recovering from. But, a diet that is bland, low acidic content, and avoid chocolate and caffeine and alcohol. Basically follow a gerd diet and the same lifestyle modifications, would be good.

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Would it be unhealthy purposefully damage my vocal cords?

Would it be unhealthy purposefully damage my vocal cords?

Yes: Damaging any part of your body purposefully is bad.

Leukoplakia (Definition)

White, thick patches on the oral mucosa due to hyperkeratosis of the epithelium, producing favorable conditions for development of epidermoid carcinoma; often occurring on the cheeks (l. Bucca┬┤lis), gums, or ...Read more