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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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Acid reflux and swollen vocal cords, what to do?

Acid reflux and swollen vocal cords, what to do?

See below: It is a sign of aspiration, treat the condition more aggressively with medication, eat lighter dinner, raise head of bed by 6-8 inches (not by extra pillows, for it could worsen the situation) go to bed empty stomach, if those measures are not sufficient then consult with a gastroenterologist, . ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have acid reflux and swollen vocal cords?

What do you recommend if I have acid reflux and swollen vocal cords?

Several things: First is to make sure that your vocal cord swelling isn/t due to a serious problem. An ENT doctor can take a look at your vocal cords directly. To control reflux, you need to change your diet (just look up gerd online), followed by medication if that does not work. If you smoke, then quitting now will help as well. Finally, rest your vocal cords when you can and avoid yelling. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What could cause my vocal cords n voice box to be swollen real bad n infected?

Not many things: If you are truly infected it must be with an organism of low pathogenicity. Tuberculosis, fungal infection, cytomegalovirus come to mind. But all this is unlikely. If your vocal cords are swollen for 6 months you should see an ENT doctor asap. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vocal cord nodules?

What is the treatment for vocal cord nodules?

ENT first.: Start with a good ENT in your area that has experience treating singers. The ENT can determine the correct diagnosis and treatment, which often includes working with a speech therapist to change any vocal habits that may have led to the problem. Voice rest and lots of fluids are a must! ...Read more

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My vocal cords are swollen gray color not white no nodules no lumps no growthswhats causing the infection?

Ask doc.: I think you should talk to the doc who looked at your vocal cords. If you are looking at your own vocal cords all bets are off. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vocal cord paralysis?

What is the treatment for vocal cord paralysis?

Please see below.: Vocal cord paralysis can cause a characteristic breathy voice often accompanied by difficulty swallowing, a weak cough, and feeling short of breath. If both vocal cords are affected, symptoms can include stridor. It can have a variety of causes, and correct treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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How fast can vocal cord cancer come back after treatment?

How fast can vocal cord cancer come back after treatment?

Aim for cure: ' why come back' stage I 90% cured with radiation, 10 % of recurrence will be cured with surgery, prognosis changes with advanced stages, the reason for early detection ...Read more

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Stage1 cancer in vocal cord (near cartilages), tumor was removed (three times as it keep recurring). What is the best treatment plan going forward?

Stage1 cancer in vocal cord (near cartilages), tumor was removed (three times as it keep recurring). What is the best treatment plan going forward?

Recurrences are bad: Even though your cancer was early (stage-1) to begin with, any recurrence makes it much more serious/dangerous. So you need to go see a real expert in cancer of the larynx. Such experts can be found in major Cancer centers of which each State of the US has one or more Comprehensive Cancer center/s. I would advise you to get away from your original surgeon who has done your previous surgerie ...Read more

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Having breathing problem on minimal exertion can it be due to swollen vocal cords 2decho, pft xray, cbp, tsh=normal, ?

Possible vocal cord: If you have lpr, this can trigger vocal cord dysfunction- a condition wherein the vocal cord paradoxically closes up when you try to breathe in. Usually the shortness of breath occurs in 5 mins or less after exertion. You need to control the LPR then consider seeing an ENT and/or speech therapist if the problem fails to resolve. It may take weeks ...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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For the stage 1 vocal cord cancer (affecting cartilages), which treatment is better -- radiation therapy or photodynamic therapy?

For the stage 1 vocal cord cancer (affecting cartilages), which treatment is better -- radiation therapy or photodynamic therapy?

PDT is not a proven: Radiation therapy is the standard treatment for early (Stae-1) cancer of the vocal cord. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is potentially useful but it is not in common usage in the US ...Read more

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Does a herniated disc surgery for c6-c7 and c6-c5 will risk my vocal cord since I had 12 year ago X-ray treatment of right vocal cord carcinoma?

Does a herniated disc surgery for c6-c7 and c6-c5 will risk my vocal cord since I had 12 year ago X-ray treatment of right vocal cord carcinoma?

Herniated disc: The risk is low for vocal injury after anterior neck surgery. The spine surgeon will likely go from the right side of the neck since the right vocal is likely weak or paralyzed. The endotracheal tube can cause vocal nerve damage to. A preoperative evaluation of the vocal cords with an ears, nose, and throat surgeon is essential to determine the strength of the vocal cords. ...Read more

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I have silent reflux and due to that swollen vocal cords I have breathlessness on exertion all heart and lung test are normal can LPR cause breathless?

Check for VCD: LPR: laryngeal pharyngeal reflux - when gastric contents rise up into the throat, beyond just usual heartburn (GERD). Sometimes it triggers spasms of the vocal cords trying to prevent aspiration into the trachea. Normal lung tests will miss this, unless you ask for flow-volume loops. Check inspiratory flows; look for cut-offs in airflow when breathing in. ...Read more

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Hoarse for 3mos saw ENT twice swollen vocal cords/tonsils but no diagnosis. Throat feels tight, swollen, constricted, some food gets stuck in throat?

Hoarse for 3mos saw ENT twice swollen vocal cords/tonsils but no diagnosis. Throat feels tight, swollen, constricted, some food gets stuck in throat?

Tight throat: Surprised your ENT doctor wasn't able to figure out what's going on. If food is getting stuck in your throat, that is not good. Highly recommend you see your ENT doctor again one more time or see another one for second opinion if the first one is not able to help you. ...Read more

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Strep test was neg. Doctor thought my vocal cords were swollen due to coughing. If that's the case why would my ear, throat, neck & shoulders be aching?

Strep test was neg. Doctor thought my vocal cords were swollen due to coughing. If that's the case why would my ear, throat, neck & shoulders be aching?

Sore: Although your strep test was negative, there are lots of viral processes that can still cause symptoms of ear, throat and neck pain. Make sure you check on your strep culture. Fluids, rest ibuprofen and I think extra vitamin C good. You are in your 20's. If you continue to feel tired and run down check mono in a week or so. ...Read more

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After I have had vocal therapy for my bowed vocal cords will I loose the raspy tone in my singing voice?

After I have had vocal therapy for my bowed vocal cords will I loose the raspy tone in my singing voice?

Maybe: There are a number if treatments for bowed vocal cords including speech therapy, injectable implant, etc. This may however change different characteristics to your speaking and singing voice. See a laryngologist/ent/voice specialist for treatment options. ...Read more

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Can a polypoid on the vocal cords diminish in size with proper voice rest and speech therapy? I would prefer to avoid surgery, if I know that my singing voice can improve with proper voice rest and speech therapy. I am a professional singer.

Vocal cord polyp: Vocal cord polyps have been observed to resolve with conservative care. Laryngologists with the best microscopes and lasers usually can accomplish excellent clinical results if resection proves necessary. A good speech pathologist should coach you in strategies for voice rest - it's quite difficult! ...Read more

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Can acid reflux make your vocal cords swell?

Can acid reflux make your vocal cords swell?

Depends: It depends on the severity of your reflux. If an ENT doctor is telling you that have this finding, you should seek evaluation from a gastroenterologist to determine if you truly have acid reflux. ...Read more

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What to do if my dust allergies swell the vocal cords?

What to do if my dust allergies swell the vocal cords?

Avoidance and meds: The primary treatment for allergies is avoidance. Even though 100% of dust cannot be removed, many measures can help decrease the indoor house dust mite load. After that, medications including antihistamines and topical nasal steroids can be effective and safe. An allergist can assist in treatment and evaluation for other conditions. ...Read more

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Please tell me can dust allergies swell the vocal cords?

Please tell me can dust allergies swell the vocal cords?

Not directly: The vocal cords are not usually the shock organ of respiratory allergies. However, you could have largyngitis from other conditions like infections and laryngopharyngeal reflux that aero allergens could secondarily aggravate. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could dust allergies swell the vocal cords?

Please tell me, could dust allergies swell the vocal cords?

Vocal chords: If dust is overwhelming and daily, yes the dust allergy could swell vocal chords, get you hoarse. Another cause is acid reflux, constantly, over time would make you hoarse. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for hoarseness caused by a nodule on the vocal cords?

Is there a cure for hoarseness caused by a nodule on the vocal cords?

Yes: If the nodule causes hoarseness removing the nodule should help significantly. Most nodules form from trauma and it is possible that the nodule can go away if the trauma is stopped (much like a callous or blister going away by wearing shoes that fit). Prior to doing surgery a trial of speech therapy can be tried. If unsuccessful, surgery performed by an experienced ENT should be very helpful. ...Read more

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I had a vocal cord nodule removed, but it did not cure my hoarseness - what can I do?

I had a vocal cord nodule removed, but it did not cure my hoarseness - what can I do?

Another opinion: If your nodule is gone and you are still hoarse and you have discussed this with your ENT and have not gotten help then you need another opinion. Find an ENT who has a special interest in the voice. You should have a videolaryngoscopy with stroboscopy and a consultation with a speech therapist. ...Read more