Injury. Damage during surgery, or trauma to the neck or chest can injure your voice box and the nerves that interact with your vocal cords.
Tumors. Malignant and benign tumors can develop around the larynx and cause vocal cord paralysis.
Stroke. A stroke interrupts the normal blood flow to your brain. This can damage the area that sends messages to your voice box.
Viral infections. Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr and herpes are a few of the viral infections that can damage the nerves in the larynx.
Neurological conditions. Multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease are associated with vocal cord paralysis.
Your vocal cords are vital structures that do more than produce your voice. They also protect your airway by preventing food and drink from entering your windpipe.
Vocal cord paralysis can be diagnosed during a visit to your SFENTA ear, nose and throat specialist. During the appointment, your doctor will perform a laryngoscopy, which allows him to view your vocal cords with a mirror or a thin, flexible tube. From there, blood tests and imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, may be ordered to identify the underlying cause of the condition.
Treatment for your vocal cord paralysis will depend on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. At SFENTA, we advocate a personalized approach that typically involves a combination of the following treatments:
Vocal cord paralysis can range from mild to severe. If you’re experiencing symptoms, contact SFENTA today for a definitive diagnosis and treatment recommendations you can trust.
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