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Doctor insights on: Pnuemonia Associated With Thyroid Nodes And Vocal Cord Lesions

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How often does thyroid removal injure vocal cord nerves?

How often does thyroid removal injure vocal cord nerves?

Very rare: Injury to laryngeal nerves are very rare due to current meticulous techniques and done by highly trained professionals. ...Read more

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 ...Read more


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Can hyperthyroidism cause vocal cord issues? Like they dry out or need breaks while talking and issues swallowing? Is this caused by enlarged thyroid?

Can hyperthyroidism cause vocal cord issues? Like they dry out or need breaks while talking and issues swallowing? Is this caused by enlarged thyroid?

Thyroid and voice: Hypothyroidism causes thickening of vocal cords and lower pitched voice, and hyperthyroidism to some extent the opposite. The hyperthyroidism can certainly cause some dehydration and hyperventilation, which can dry them out. The thyroid can sometimes interfere directly with the vocal cords, but usually not. It tends to grow out, not in. You need to get your thyroid fixed! ...Read more

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Multiple thyroid nodules some are very large & others are attached to my vocal cords. Hard to swallow , swollen neck & painful, took raditn pill. 3 yrs ago. Help?

Multiple thyroid nodules some are very large & others are attached to my vocal cords. Hard to swallow , swollen neck & painful, took raditn pill. 3 yrs ago. Help?

See endocrinologist: You did not mention if you had an overactive thyroid 3 years ago when given radioactive iodine. I assume your thyroid levels are normal now. If you still have large thyroid nodules, and symptoms related to it, you may need surgery to effectively deal with the problem. It is best to see an endocrinologist for a complete evaluation of your thyroid. ...Read more

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Can thyroid issues (hyperthyroidism/graves) affect the vocal cords? Meaning can it make your vocal cords fatigue more easily while talking? Thank you

Can thyroid issues (hyperthyroidism/graves) affect the vocal cords? Meaning can it make your vocal cords fatigue more easily while talking? Thank you

Hyperthyroid : Hyperthyroidism itself does not affect your voice. However, if your gland is enlarged and compresses the recurrent laryngeal nerve( the nerve that supplies function to the vocal cords), you could actually have vocal cord paresis(weakness) or paralysis( immobile vocal cord) that affects your voice. See an ENT to do laryngoscopy. ...Read more

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My daughter has pneumonia and was prescribed biaxin (clarithromycin) (sp?) can she take that with her thyroid medication ( Synthroid ) ?

My daughter has pneumonia and was prescribed biaxin (clarithromycin) (sp?)  can she take that with her thyroid medication ( Synthroid ) ?

Yes: There are no interactions between these two meds. For best absorption of synthroid, (thyroxine) don't take them together at the same time. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

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