What is it?

Voice changes or voice disorders may be caused due to problems in any structure that help create voice- cartilage, muscles, mucous membranes, and the vocal cords, or the nerves that innervate it. Some common disorders include laryngitis, muscle tension dysphonia, neurological voice disorders, polyps or cysts on the vocal cord, cancerous or precancerous lesion, vocal cord paralysis, and leukoplakia. Risk factors for these diseases may include smoking, drinking alcohol, aging, allergies, upper respiratory infections, and many more.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- hoarseness

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination with a mirror, a laryngoscope or a videostroboscopy. Further evaluation may include sound analysis to measure sound irregularities and laryngeal electromyography to measure the strength of the muscles.

Treatment

Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may include rest, liquids, voice therapy, smoking cessation, allergy treatment, and removal of lesions or cysts.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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