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Vocal cord paralysis happens when the nerve impulses to the vocal box (larynx) are interrupted, causing paralysis. Because the vocal cord muscles not only help produce sound but help to keep saliva, food and fluid from entering the windpipe (trachea), vocal cord paralysis requires medical help. The condition can be caused by number of things including nerve damage during surgery, from cancer, or a viral infection.

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Vocal cord cysts, or vocal fold cysts, are blisters filled with fluid on the vocal cords. The cords are structures that open for breathing, close for swallowing, and vibrate as air passes through them, producing sound. Cysts sometimes form when there is a blocked duct or a person is born with an abnormal mucous membrane. Cysts may cause cydysphonia, a condition where the vocal cords produce different tones at the same time, making speech hard to understand.

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Vocal polyps are blister-like bumps or stalks on one or both of the vocal cords or folds. These structures open for breathing, close for swallowing, and vibrate as air passes through them, producing sound.

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The vocal folds (cords) make up the structure that opens for breathing, closes for swallowing, and vibrates as air passes through to produce sound. Vocal fold scarring can be the result of injury, trauma or another condition. When this happens, there is an interruption of the normal vibration of the focal folds as sound is produced. Hoarseness, vocal strain, loss of upper range of singing and a scratchy voice are all symptoms of vocal scarring.

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White blood cells fight viral and bacterial infections in the body. Having too few white cells is called leukopenia, a condition that puts a person at risk for infections. Having too many white cells is called leukocytosis, and this means there may be an infection present. Both conditions may be caused by a number of diseases, and both are usually diagnosed while a doctor is performing blood tests related to another suspected condition.

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