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Voice2Voice and swallowing disorders can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life, and may represent a significant pathology requiring acute attention. Normal function of the voice (larynx) and swallowing (pharynx) requires perfect coordination and timing. Problems including nodules, polyps and vocal strain which impact the quality of one’s voice, as well as tightness, masses or age which can impact swallowing. A common condition called laryngopharyngeal reflux (silent reflux or LPR) plays a role in both voice and swallow dysfunction.

Common Symptoms of Voice and Swallowing Disorders 

  • Hoarseness
  • Pain with speaking or swallowing
  • Throat clearing
  • Sensation there is something “stuck” in the throat (globus sensation)

Voice and Swallowing Disorders Treatment

Voice1Determining the underlying pathology is the most important step in treating voice and swallowing disorders. A fiberoptic laryngoscopy (“scope”) wherein a small camera is passed through the nasal cavity into the throat to assess vocal cords, their movement, and the surrounding structures is an integral part of this process. Further assessment with a videostroboscopy to visualize the vocal cords in “slow motion,” or a swallow study may be needed as well.

Initial treatment may simply be a short course of acid reflux medication or steroids to reduce inflammation. Voice therapy plays a significant role in stress-related hoarseness or vocal cord nodules. When patients fail conservative management, surgical intervention may be required to remove a vocal cord cyst, polyp or other lesion.

Our practice offers comprehensive voice and swallowing care, including flexible fiberoptic scope evaluations, treatment plans for voice therapy and reflux management, and surgical care if necessary. For further information, or to book an appointment with one of our physicians contact us at our Plantation (954-476-0400) or Coral Springs (954-796-0400) office.

ENT Sinus and Allergy of South Florida

220 S.W. 84th Ave, Suite 101  •  Plantation, Florida 33324  •  954-476-0400
3100 Coral Hills Drive, Suite 307  •  Coral Springs, Florida 33065  •  954-796-0400
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