Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsInfectious Diseases · 1 decade ago

How do the doctors check if your vocal chord is damaged?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The vocal cords are a pair of tough, fibrous bands that lie across the air column in the middle of the voice box. They assist three functions: breathing, swallowing, and speaking. When vocal cords vibrate, they produce sound, allowing us to speak. Vocal cords temporarily stop breathing to aid coughing and for expelling foreign objects. During swallowing, the vocal cords shut the airway so that food is not inhaled. When vocal cords are paralyzed or damaged, all three functions can be affected.

    The relaxed position of the vocal cords is halfway open. There is one set of muscles that closes them all the way and one set that opens them. Each set of muscles is controlled by a different nerve. Each nerve comes from a different direction--one from above and one from below (the recurrent laryngeal nerve).

    The voice box must be observed during breathing to find any problem with the vocal cords. A viewing instrument called a laryngoscope, either flexible or rigid, is passed through the nose or throat until the cords becomes visible. The motion of each cord can then be seen, and other problems in the area identified.

  • Bess
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Yes, shouting can damage the vocal chords, however, I don't think shouting at one concert would do it. Now, if you did it every day then that would be different. Your vocal chords will heal if you don't put too much strain on them for a few more weeks.

  • 1 decade ago

    Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:

    Blood tests such as CBC or blood differential

    Throat examination with small mirror

    X-rays of the neck or a CT scan

    Laryngoscopy (visualization of the larynx with a laryngoscope)

    Throat culture.

    Consult an ENT specialist.

  • 1 decade ago

    The most common way to check your throat and voice box is to take a swab of the area and have it tested in a lab.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it can be simply done by laryngoscopic examination

    other methods

    vocal tonometry

    speech examination

    vocal cord movements

  • 1 decade ago




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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Laryngoscopy, look at it

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