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Is vocal cord paralysis curable?

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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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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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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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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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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Can a vocal cord removal successfully treat larynx cancer?

Can a vocal cord removal successfully treat larynx cancer?

Sometimes: The vocal cord is part of the larynx, and if the disease is very limited to a single vocal cord (of two), a smaller surgery can sometimes be performed with greater preservation of surrounding tissue. ...Read more

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What are vocal cord polyps?

Scar tissue: These are usually signs of irritation.

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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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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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Anterior disc repl surgeon cut sympathetic nerve resulting in stage3 horners wallenborgs syndromes cut vocal cord nw hv issues breathing reversable?

Anterior disc repl surgeon cut sympathetic nerve resulting in stage3 horners wallenborgs syndromes cut vocal cord nw hv issues breathing reversable?

Prediction difficult: Am unclear how all of this happened to you while having a disc surgery. Would suggest you see a medical neurologist and a rehab doctor and get this all assessed. ...Read more

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Can you repair t5 spinal cord injury?

Can you repair t5 spinal cord injury?

Depends: Spinal cord injury is very complex and the ability to "fix" the problem depends on many things including how badly the nerves have been injured, the age of the patient, the mechanism of injury, etc. Unfortunately, the overall healing potential of the spinal cord is quite poor and many injuries result in permanent problems. ...Read more

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What surgeries can help Vocal Cord Dysfunction?

Vocal cord: An Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor is the person you need to see, and do not wait too long for an appointment. ...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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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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Would a yeast infection of the vocal cords mimic vocal cord cancer?

Would a yeast infection of the vocal cords mimic vocal cord cancer?

No such thing: I've been a doctor for 30 years. I've seen many cases of laryngeal cancer but none of yeast infection of vocal cords. I don't think there is such a thing. If you have persistent hoarseness see ENT specialist ASAP. Risk factors for head and neck cancer are smoking, and drinking alcohol. ...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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Can vocal cord nodules turn cancerous?

Can vocal cord nodules turn cancerous?

Unlikely: Most nodules are benign but like any growth rarely they can be malignant. Some nodules may be premalignant and over time - especially in smokers - they can become cancerous. ...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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Thoracic spinal cord tumor growing, will it require removal?

Thoracic spinal cord tumor growing, will it require removal?

May be: Is the tumor in the spinal cord or in the tissue around the spinal cord? Depending on the location and type of tumor surgery may be needed. See this site for info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001403.htm. ...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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