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 cord paralysis, a nerve injury, tumors or neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.
Illustration of vocal cords - glottic insufficiency | Sacramento ENT
Most patients with this condition will complain of hoarseness and a weak or breathy sounding voice. Difficulty swallowing is also a concern. The treatment for glottic insufficiency depends on the cause as well as the degree of voice changes or hoarseness. Medication, voice therapy and surgery are the most common types of treatments.

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