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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is vocal cord paralysis?

A condition where the nerves supplying the vocal cords are damaged, causing them to move poorly. Causes include strokes, and radiotherapy/surgery to the neck.

Symptoms of vocal cord paralysis

  • Hoarse voice

  • Feeling breathless

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Voice is softer than usual

  • Cough

  • Have been under general anesthesia for a surgery within the last 6 months

Questions your doctor may ask to check for vocal cord paralysis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose vocal cord paralysis

  • Do you have a hoarse voice?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Is your breathing noisy; e.g. wheezing, rattling?

  • Do you have a quiet voice making it hard to speaking loudly?

  • Do you have a cough?

Treatment for vocal cord paralysis

This condition can sometimes be treated with voice therapy and training. However, in some cases surgery or injections may be needed. If both vocal cords are paralyzed, there can be difficulty breathing and emergency medical care is needed.

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