Vocal Cord Paralysis

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Vocal Cord Paralysis

Vocal Cord Paralysis

Vocal cord paralysis occurs when the nerve impulses to your voice box ,also know as your larynx, are disrupted. This results in paralysis of the vocal cord muscles. Vocal cord paralysis can affect your ability to speak and even breathe.

To elaborate there are acutally two different types of Vocal Cord Paralysis. There is Bilateral Vocal Cord Paralysis, which involves both vocal cords become stuck halfway between open and closed or not moving at all.

The other kind of Vocal Cord Paralysis is Unilateral Vocal Cord Paralysis. That condition is when only one side is paralysied halfway between open and closed or very limited movement.

Your Vocal Cords does'nt only help with producing sound but also breathing. When you breath your vocal cords open to let the air pass through the windpipe and close when speaking. When you have Vocal Cord Paralysis that disrupes the Respiratory and Nervous System. The Respiratory System is the set of organs that allows a person to breathe and exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the body. The Nervous System is made of invertebrates vary from a simple network of nerves to a complex nerve network under the control of a primitive brain.So when the Nervous is damaged and the vocal folds muscles don't work correctly it affects the Respiratory System because the vocal folds don't move properly to let air pass throughthe windpipe to the lungs.

The risk factors Vocal Cord Paralysis can have is Your vocal cords are two flexible bands of muscle tissue that sit at the entrance to your windpipe (trachea). When you speak, the bands come together and vibrate to make sound. The rest of the time, your vocal cords are relaxed in an open position, so you can breathe. So when your vocal cords are paralyzed your it limites the movement and makes it hared to breathe.Symptoms OF Vocal Cord Paralysis:Some symptoms are breathy quality to the voiceHoarseness.Noisy breathing.Loss of vocal pitch.Choking or coughing while swallowing food, drink or saliva.The need to take frequent breaths while speaking.Inability to speak loudly.Loss of your gag reflex.


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