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Spasmodic Dysphonia

Spasmodic Dysphonia Causes

The real cause of spasmodic dysphonia is unknown. There are researches that links spasmodic dysphonia has something to do with the nervous system (brain and nerves). There are cases wherein spasmodic dysphonia is thought to be inherited. There are also cases wherein the voice disorder is a result of previous infection, laryngeal injury or prolong use of voice or sometimes, stress.

Spasmodic Dysphonia Definition

Spasmodic dysphonia is a condition where instability in contraction of the vocal chords during speaking has an effect on the voice quality of an individual. It is a chronic voice disorder. In spasmodic dysphonia, movement of vocal chords is forced and labored causing a jerky, hoarse or tight voice. Another name for spasmodic dysphonia is laryngeal dystonia.

Spasmodic Dysphonia Diagnosis

The diagnosis of spasmodic dysphonia is usually achieved by means of identifying the manner how the symptoms developed in addition to careful examination of the individual.

Spasmodic Dysphonia Symptoms and Signs

On the onset, symptoms of spasmodic dysphonia may tend to be mild and occur intermittently. As the disorder progresses, symptoms may worsen and become more frequent often getting worse when the individual is stressed or tired. The most prominent symptoms of spasmodic dysphonia are strained voice quality and excessive contraction of vocal chords when speaking.

Spasmodic Dysphonia Treatment

Currently, there is still no known treatment to cure spasmodic dysphonia. Symptomatic treatment is often recommended to reduce the symptoms of the disorder. As of the moment, botox injection is considered as the most promising treatment for spasmodic dysphonia.

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