Vocal fold paralysis also known as vocal cord paralysis is a voice disorder that occurs when one or both of the vocal folds dont open or close properly single vocal fold paralysis is a common disorder paralysis of both vocal folds is rare and can be life threatening. Bilateral vocal fold paralysis means that both vocal folds will not move they become stuck halfway between open and closed people with this condition often need a tracheotomy which is an opening made in the neck they breathe through this opening and it keeps food from going into their lungs when they eat. Vocal cord paralysis occurs when the nerve impulses to your voice box larynx are disrupted this results in paralysis of the vocal cord muscles vocal cord paralysis can affect your ability to speak and even breathe thats because your vocal cords sometimes called vocal folds do more than just produce sound. Vocal fold paralysis is the most common neurogenic arising from the nerves voice disorder vocal fold paralysis may be unilateral one sided or bilateral both sides and is most commonly caused by nerve involvement of the recurrent laryngeal nerve or occasionally but less commonly by the superior laryngeal nerve
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