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

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

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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I had my airway opened due to my vocal cords being scarred doing intubation will my voice ever come back?

Hard to say: Since the recovery depends on the degree of scarring you have had, it is hard to tell whether your voice will completely recovered. Having said that, it will likely improve with time. ...Read more

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What does an inflamed vocal cord feel like?

What does an inflamed vocal cord feel like?

Pain: An inflamed vocal fold is almost always caused by a virus following an upper respiratory infection, such as a sore throat, cough or nasal drainage. Usually both vocal folds are inflamed and that usually produces hoarseness and certainly pain can be present. The pain would be located behind the thyroid cartilage (adam's apple). A diagnosis is necessary by an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: vocal cord?

What is the definition or description of: vocal cord?

Vocal cord defined: 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 clarinet. Www. Mainlineent. Com. ...Read more

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What are vocal cord polyps?

Scar tissue: These are usually signs of irritation.

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Are vocal cord polyps reversible?

Are vocal cord polyps reversible?

They can shrink: Often times the best coure of action is to have the polyp removed (and biopsied for presence of cancer cells-as benign polyps can convert to malignant tumors) check with an experienced otolaryngolgist (ent). ...Read more

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Whom do you see for vocal cord problems?

ENT!: Depending on your insurance, you will need to see your primary doctor for a referral, but otherwise you can make an appointment with an otolarygologist (ENT) specialist. ...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 there a good way treat vocal nodules on my vocal cord?

Voice rest: Vocal cord nodules are often due to overuse of the vocal cords. A period of voice rest is often helpful. ...Read more

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

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

Hoarseness: Normally the voice is clear and easily understood. If vocal cords no longer move correctly, the voice quality and sound change. If the vocal cords are impeded by thick mucus or dryness, this will alter the sound of the voice too. It is a vocal cord problem when voice is altered by vocal cord alterations. ...Read more

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I've been taking predisone 20 mg in the morning for 6 days. Can I abruptly stop safely? It is for lesion on vocal cord.

I've been taking predisone 20 mg in the morning for 6 days. Can I abruptly stop safely? It is for lesion on vocal cord.

Ok: Since it is such a short duration, you can stop it without significant problem (except for possible fatigue for a day with the withdrawal). However you should follow the dose and duration prescribed by you doctor. ...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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What causes vocal cord dysfunction?

What causes vocal cord dysfunction?

Vocal cord dysfuncti: Many things, this generally refers to vocal cords that close instead of open on inspiration. Reflux, sinus infections, allergy and other conditions have all been implicated. There does not appear to be one cause. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned having vocal cord dysfunction?

Vocal cord.: Yes you should be concerned.
Have your PC refer you an "ear, nose, and throat" specialist. ...Read more

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Can vocal cord nodules or polyps hurt?

Can vocal cord nodules or polyps hurt?

Not usually: Vocal fold nodules or polyps usually arise from voice abuse or voice misuse. They are rarely painful. ...Read more

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An xray shows that I havr polyps on my vocal cord, what other than throat cancet could iy be?

An xray shows that I havr polyps on my vocal cord, what other than throat cancet could iy be?

Polyps: See an ear, nose and throat doctor to actually look at your vocal cords, it is very difficult to diagnose this with an xray. You can get benign polyps, warty growths and nodules for a variety of reasons. Please go to have it diagnosed completely, they can do any biopsies needed also. ...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

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Does vocal cord dysfuction mimic asthma?

Does vocal cord dysfuction mimic asthma?

Yes: Yes it can. You may need a good history taking by your doctor, a good examination and likely a breathing test (spirometry) ...Read more

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Vocal cord problems! Who do singers see?

Vocal cord problems! Who do singers see?

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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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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What are the symptoms of vocal cord dysfunction (vcd)?

Stridor: Patients with this problem are almost always teenage girls (unknown reasons). The symptoms are noisy breathing (stridor) that goes away with sleep and relaxation. ...Read more

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How common is vocal cord injury from general anesthesia?

Rare: When you place a large plastic through the vocal cords there is always a chance of damage. Fortunately there is usually only a swelling which goes away quickly. More serious damage has been seen but is rare. ...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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How can I know if I have a vocal cord disorder or asthma?

How can I know if I have a vocal cord disorder or asthma?

Doctor test: A respiratory doctor can likely figure this out based on a good history form you and a breathing test. Please consult one soon. ...Read more

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My child has a paralyzed vocal cord, can he damage it even more by crying?

My child has a paralyzed vocal cord, can he damage it even more by crying?

Probably not: And how do you know that it is paralyzed? He should be seen and evaluated by an ENT doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was recently diagnosed with vocal cord dysfunction. Is there something that causes this or is it hereditary?

No known cause: Very little is known about vcd. It can cause some very distressing airway symptoms. There is no known cause and no known hereditary connection. ...Read more

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Could yawning a lot in the am when I'm walking for exercise be a sign of vocal cord dsyfunction? I feel like I can't get enough air.

Could yawning a lot in the am when I'm walking for exercise be a sign of vocal cord dsyfunction? I feel like I can't get enough air.

No: Vocal cord dysfunction tends to mimic exercise induced asthma. Difficulty breathing along with a sound called stridor (sound of air being passed through a tight tube). If a doctor listens to your lungs there will be no wheezing. Anxiety over having difficulty breathing seems to make worse. Treatment is based on making correct diagnosis, biofeedback assistance from speech therapist. See ENT doc. ...Read more

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I’m having a vocal cord injection next week to bring voice back in Indianapolis, how much time should I allow for voice to return on own?

It depends on the: Nature and mechanism of original injury. If this is a result of injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve, it can recover after several weeks. If not, it is probably permanent. If it is caused by some other injury, it is impossible to tell without further details. ...Read more

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Intubation (Definition)

It is the insertion of a tube into the trachea to maintain a secure airway. This is essential ...Read more