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Symptoms can vary, depending on the vocal cord disorder.

  • Vocal cord nodules

    • Hoarseness

    • Low-pitched voice

    • Breathy voice

    • Singers may notice a loss of vocal range.

  • Vocal cord polyps

    • Hoarseness

    • Low-pitched voice

    • Breathy voice

  • Contact ulcers

    • Some throat pain while talking

    • Possible hoarseness

    • A voice that tires easily

  • Laryngitis

    • A change in the sound of the voice, from hoarseness to croaking or complete loss of voice

    • If due to an infection:

      • Fever

      • Throat pain

      • Malaise

      • A feeling of having to clear your throat

  • Vocal cord tumors

    • Hoarseness

    • With large tumors, possibly trouble breathing or swallowing

  • Vocal cord paresis

    • Changes in the voice:

      • Hoarse

      • Breathy

      • Change of pitch

      • Unable to get louder

    • Discomfort from the strain of trying to move paralyzed cords

    • Possible breathing difficulties

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