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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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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?

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Can vocal cord nodules interfere with breathing?

Can vocal cord nodules interfere with breathing?

No, but. ...: Classic screamer's nodules or "singer's nodules" of the vocal cords do not obstruct the airway. On the other hand, infants and children can be infected with the hpv virus (usually during vaginal delivery), and this can cause respiratory papillomas of the vocal cords - these will grown slowly and, despite being a benign disease, can result in fatal airway obstruction. If concerned, see a doc! ...Read more

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Is vocal cord nodule painful?

Is vocal cord nodule painful?

Typically no: Vocal cord nodules/cysts typically do not cause pain, but often hoarseness. If the cyst is infected or becoming too large, may cause pain and difficult breathing etc...
Obviously you should follow-up with your doc about the nodule and make sure it is not malignant/canerous etc.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How typical is vocal cord paralysis?

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 symptoms of vocal cord nodule?

Hoarseness: Vocal cord nodules are usually caused by vocal abuse. The main symptom is hoarseness. They do not cause pain and can not be felt. An ENT doctor can examine your vocal cords and explain the treatment. ...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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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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What are the effects of vocal cord paralysis on speech?

Hoarse, breathy.: Hoarse, breathy, or weak voice are all complications of unilateral or bilateral vocal cord paralysis. ...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?

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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What kind of doctor sees somebody for vocal cord nodule?

ENT: Otolaryngologist, or "ear nose throat" doctor specializes in this problem. ...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?

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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Vocal Cord Problems (Definition)

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 ...Read more