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Voice and Swallowing Conditions

Identifying cause leads to accurate treatment

The physicians at The University of Kansas Hospital have helped hundreds of adults and children with conditions that affect voice and swallowing.

Many conditions that can affect voice and swallowing include:

  • Dysarthria (a speech disorder caused by an injury to the nervous system)
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Dysphonia
  • Hoarseness
  • Laryngomalacia (The soft cartilage of the upper larynx, or voice box, collapses inward during inhalation, making it difficult to breathe.)
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngeal Clefts (defect in the separation between the voice box and the esophagus)
  • Laryngeal Fractures and Scarring
  • Laryngitis
  • Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (Stomach acid moves back up through the esophagus into the throat.)
  • Muscle Tension
  • Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis
  • Reinke's Edema (swelling or build up of fluid)
  • Sulcus Vocalis (a groove in the vocal cord folds)
  • Tracheoesophageal Puncture
  • Vocal Fold Granuloma (non-cancerous growth on vocal folds)
  • Vocal Fold Scarring
  • Vocal Cord Nodules, Polyps and Cysts
  • Vocal Cord Paralysis