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Will my 1-year-old son recover from vocal cord paralysis?

Will my 1-year-old son recover from vocal cord paralysis?

Vocal cord paralysis: If your baby's doctor diagnosed "vocal cord paralysis" why hasn't your baby been referred to an ear, nose, and throat doctor - preferably one more used to to caring for babies? ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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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

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Can a thyroidectomy cause vocal cord damage?

Can a thyroidectomy cause vocal cord damage?

Yes: Hi. The recurrent laryngeal nerves (RLN) run right by the thyroid on their way to the voice box. Sometimes a RLN has to be sacrificed doing thyroid cancer surgery; more often a surgeon with no business operating in that part of the body hits one (or both). Since you had a thyroidectomy, may I guess it was for cancer? Was the cancer outside the thyroid capsule? Good luck! ...Read more

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Is vocal cord paralysis curable?

It depends.: Depends on the cause, and is it unilateral or bilateral. There are procedures to make the voice pretty normal and to get rid of the other symptoms, but there is no procedure to make the nerve work completely normally. ...Read more

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Can intubation cause damage to the vocal chords?

Can intubation cause damage to the vocal chords?

Yes: Endotracheal intubation involves placing a breathing tube into your mouth and passing it between your vocal cords. It is not uncommon to have hoarseness and a sore throat that lasts 24-48 hours. Longer term injuries are possible but unusual. ...Read more

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What are the tests for vocal cord paralysis?

What are the tests for vocal cord paralysis?

Laryngoscopy: The most common way to diagnose vocal cord paralysis is laryngoscopy in the office. This can be done with a mirror in the mouth, or passing a small bendable telescope through the nose into the throat to look at the larynx. There are fancy electrical tests to measure vocal cord nerve input, but that is difficult and not often used. ...Read more

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How do stretch reflexes find a spinal cord injury?

How do stretch reflexes find a spinal cord injury?

Reflexes=levels: Stretch reflexes in the arms and legs can all be connected mostly to 1 or 2 spinal cord levels above the injury level reflexes will be normal. Depending on the age and location of the injury reflexes below the injury will either be missing early on or stronger than normal later. Also helpful to diagnosis is that left and right sides may be different from each other. ...Read more

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Can you get vocal cord paralysis from a dental anaesthetic injection?

Can you get vocal cord paralysis from a dental anaesthetic injection?

Dental anesthesia: Local anesthetics injected into the mouth structures should not affect the vocal cords. Discuss this with your dentist or oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about vocal cord trauma following intubation (surgery)?

Needs evaluation: Vocal cord irritation (not trauma) is a very common issue after any intubation as the endotracheal tube physically is passed through the vocal cords so oxygen can be supplied to the lungs. The longer the intubation period the worse the irritation. If there is actual trauma, then it needs to be evaluated by the anesthesiologist and and ENT physician. ...Read more

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Left vocal cord is paralyzed--what can I do?

Left vocal cord is paralyzed--what can I do?

ENT: An otolaryngologist (ENT) is the specialist to see for vocal cord paralysis. Treatment options may depend on the cause of the paralysis and how much the paralysis is affecting your quality of life. ...Read more

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In what ways are people able to survive a serious spinal cord injury (paralysis)?

Good rehabilitation: A good rehabilitation program will focus in maximizing function of people with paralysis. The exact rehabilitation interventions will depend on the level of injury (the part of the spine affected). Many of my patients have spinal injuries and very productive lives. Things are done differently and they are harder to do but independence and fulfillment are possible. ...Read more

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Can you recover your singing voice after a vocal cord nodule is removed?

Can you recover your singing voice after a vocal cord nodule is removed?

It depends : Depending on how the normal part of the cord was effected by the surgery to remove the nodule you may have no problem at all. If, however, some of the normal cord was injured it could lead to a change in your voice. ...Read more

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How does a hyperactive stretch reflex (due to spinal cord injury) result in clonus?

How does a hyperactive stretch reflex (due to spinal cord injury) result in clonus?

Brakes are released: The quick answer: the brain/spinal cord send electrical fibers to control the muscles. When the fibers are severed, the muscles "do their own thing", unregulated. http://www.livestrong.com/article/197920-causes-of-clonus/. ...Read more

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How long do paralysed vocal cords and breathing difficulties last for?

How long do paralysed vocal cords and breathing difficulties last for?

It depends: What is the cause? Transitory paralysis may occur under certain situations. Damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve can be reversible. Again it depends on the cause. Also neuromuscular conditions like myasthenia gravis can be treated. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is vocal cord dysfunction?

What is vocal cord dysfunction?

Hoarseness: Vocal fold (chord) dysfunction is a non=specific term that simply means your true vocal folds are not vibrating or moving in a normal fashion resulting in hoarseness or a rough quality to the voice. Depending on the duration of this disorder or if you are a smoker, you need to see a laryngologist (ent doctor) to make a more specific diagnosis and render treatment. ...Read more

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Can botox damage your vocal cords .I have abductor dysphonia?

Can botox damage your vocal cords .I have abductor  dysphonia?

You should be : You should be more specific. Do you mean Botox for the treatment of dysphonia or general use of botox? Neither should be harmful when used by a trained specialist. Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How typical is vocal cord paralysis?

Common: Vocal cord paralysis has numerous causes and can affect speaking, breathing, and swallowing. The left vocal cord is affected twice as often as the right, and females are affected more often than males (3:2). Diagnosis is based on direct visualization. An extensive assessment may be necessary to determine the cause. ...Read more

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What are the tests for vocal cord paralysis?

Laryngoscopy: The most common way to diagnose vocal cord paralysis is laryngoscopy in the office. This can be done with a mirror in the mouth, or passing a small bendable telescope through the nose into the throat to look at the larynx. There are fancy electrical tests to measure vocal cord nerve input, but that is difficult and not often used. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis?

What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis?

Voice: Hi. Vocal cord paralysis results from damage to one or both recurrent laryngeal nerves (assume 1). This usually results from neck, lung, or mediastinal tumors, or from surgery in that region. The affected vocal cord is paralyzed. This makes vocal intonation with that cord unadjustable, so there is a raspy, somewhat constant tone from the affected cord (the contralateral normal cord works fine). ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting vocal cord paralysis?

Yes: If they have certain immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or if they have had instrumentation over their vocal cords such as thru trauma or medical procedure like endoscopy or being on a ventilator. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Vocal cord paralysis?

What is the definition or description of: Vocal cord paralysis?

Immobile : There are vocal cords on right and left.
If both are damaged or paralyzed airway may be severely obstructed.
With some surgery or tumors one side may be immobile due to nerve damage or division of recurrent laryngeal nerve.
There is good treatment by ENT.
Hoarseness is a common symptom. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis and is there any way to address them?

What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis and is there any way to address them?

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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Is vocal cord paralysis curable?

It depends.: Depends on the cause, and is it unilateral or bilateral. There are procedures to make the voice pretty normal and to get rid of the other symptoms, but there is no procedure to make the nerve work completely normally. ...Read more

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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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Will my 1-year-old son recover from vocal cord paralysis?

Vocal cord paralysis: If your baby's doctor diagnosed "vocal cord paralysis" why hasn't your baby been referred to an ear, nose, and throat doctor - preferably one more used to to caring for babies? ...Read more

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Infant was born with partial vocal cord paralysis. What happens over the next 1-6 months?

Aspiration?: Watch for choking episodes, or recurrent pneumonia, or shortness of breath. These symptoms would require help from a pediatric ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Can you get vocal cord paralysis from a dental anaesthetic injection?

Dental anesthesia: Local anesthetics injected into the mouth structures should not affect the vocal cords. Discuss this with your dentist or oral surgeon. ...Read more

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My daughters ENT has recommended surgery for her vocal cord paralysis what is the best way to get a second opinion ?

My daughters ENT has recommended surgery for her vocal cord paralysis what is the best way to get a second opinion ?

Ask your primary doc: If you need a second opinion, ask your primary care doctor to make a referral for you. He/she will have all the records and can send it to your next referral. You can even ask your current ENT for a name for a second opinion. Good specialist should not be offended if a patient asked for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is it possible for strep throat bacteria cause vocal cord paralysis?

Is it possible for strep throat bacteria cause vocal cord paralysis?

No: Swelling of the throat can affect the vocal cords and make it difficult to talk. In whopping cough (pertussis) this can be severe to the point of inability to breath. Damage to the nerve to the vocal cords should not occur. ...Read more

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What if any options do I have to having vocal cord implant? Lt vocal cord paralysis from lung biopsy 5/12/17.Ent advises thyroplasty. Thank you

What if any options do I have to having vocal cord implant? Lt vocal cord paralysis from lung biopsy 5/12/17.Ent advises thyroplasty. Thank you

Vocal cord paralysis: If the voice is weak and breathy and occasional food aspiration with coughing intervention is warranted. Thyroplasty is one of the main procedures to bring the paralyzed vocal cord to a more medial position allowing better glottic closure. Another alternative is a vocal cord injection with a filler such as radiesse. ...Read more

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Is vocal cord dysfunction dangerous?

Depends: The severity and plausible cause have to be evaluated. Sometimes it can cause severe coughing, wheezing or sob, and may even contribute to aspiration. Have it evaluated and looked at if necessary to make the proper treatment, and even retraining. ...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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Vocal Cord Paralysis (Definition)

There are vocal cords on right and left. If both are damaged or paralyzed airway may be severely obstructed. With some surgery or tumors one side may be immobile due to nerve damage or division of recurrent laryngeal nerve. There is good treatment by ENT. Hoarseness ...Read more