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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Vocal Cord Problems (Overview)

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.


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Whom do you see for vocal cord problems?

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

Dr. Suzanne Galli
28 doctors shared insights

Vocal Cord Problems (Overview)

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.


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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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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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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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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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Could a vocal cord problem a symptom of asthma?

Could a vocal cord problem a symptom of asthma?

Yes: Vocal cord dysfunction (paradoxical closure of the vocal cords) can both mimick and coexist with asthma. Google it. ...Read more

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What md do you see for vocal cord problems?

What md do you see for vocal cord problems?

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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Can a vocal cord problem be related to asthma?

Can a  vocal cord problem be related to asthma?

Yes: Vocal cord dysfunction (vcd) also known as paradoxical motion of the vocal cords can simulate and can accompany asthma. It's not caused by asthma per se but is more common in asthmatics since the asthma may cause more focus on breathing by the patient. Google it for more info. ...Read more

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Having breathing problem on minimal exertion can it be due to swelling in my throat , vocal cord i hve lpr?

Having breathing problem on minimal exertion can it be due to swelling in my throat , vocal cord i hve lpr?

Acid reflux: Reflux of acid from the stomach causes burning or irritation of the throat and esophagus, primarily when lying down, but rarely results in breathing problems. Shortness of breath with exercise may indicate asthma or exercise induced bronchospasm. Either problem will be worse if you are a smoker. ...Read more

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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?

What are vocal cord polyps?

Growth in voice box: Vocal cord polyps are benign lesions that can occur either one or both sides of voice box. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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