Voice & Swallowing

Most individuals have experienced a change in their voice at some point in their life. This could be something as simple as singing too loudly and waking up the next day to a scratchy throat.

On the other end of the spectrum a change in voice can be a symptom of a nasal polyp. Many conditions have similar symptoms. This is why at the first sign of trouble you should schedule an appointment with one of our experienced ENT physicians.

If you are experiencing any throat pain or soreness, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Chronic Hoarseness

Hoarseness is an inflammation of the larynx that results in a change in the voice, making it sound breathy, raspy, scratchy or strained. There may be changes in volume and pitch, as well. Hoarseness falls under the medical category of…

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Vocal Cord Lesions

Vocal cords, also called vocal folds, play an important role in how we produce sounds. First there must be air in your lungs, which occurs through the act of inhaling. The air is then pushed through the lungs into your…

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Vocal Fold Paralysis

Vocal cords, also known as vocal folds, are part of our sound creating process. The vocal cords sit on top of the windpipe. When air is pushed through the lungs it passes between the open vocal cards, causing them to…

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Glottic Insufficiency

Glottic insufficiency, also known as vocal fold insufficiency, occurs when your vocal cords cannot close completely. This will result in a gap between the folds so air can escape and vibrations do not occur. Causes of glottic insufficiency include vocal…

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Subglottic/Tracheal Stenosis

Causes Subglottic stenosis is the narrowing of the area of the windpipe just below the vocal folds, known as the subglottis. The most common cause of this condition is excess scar tissue, which can be caused by previously having a…

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Esophageal Strictures/Dysfunction

An esophageal stricture is the narrowing of the esophagus, the passageway between the throat and the stomach. This can occur when you are exposed to stomach acid, harsh chemicals or other irritants that injure the esophageal lining and cause inflammation…

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Zenker’s Diverticulum

A diverticulum is a sac or pocket that forms on a portion of the body. A Zenker’s diverticulum is a pouch that develops on the pharynx, in the upper esophagus of the neck. It may trap food, causing difficulty or…

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Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swallowing, or the sensation that food is stuck in the throat or chest. It usually indicates an inability of the esophagus to properly move food from the mouth to the stomach. It can…

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which stomach acid gets backed up and damages the lining of the esophagus. Causes Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is caused by the backup of stomach acid into the esophagus. Normally, when you…

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Recurrent Papilloma

Recurrent papilloma is a rare disease that causes tumors to grow in the respiratory tract. Tumors usually develop around the vocal cords and can spread downward into the trachea, bronchi and even the lungs. Causes Caused by the human papilloma…

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