Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lost Use of One Vocal Cord & Severe Swallowing Problem

My wife had surgery to remove most (2/3's) of a benign meningioma, followed by 6 wks. of proton treatments. Surgery/follow up care resulted in loss of use of one vocal cord but, more troublesome, is her difficulty swallowing. Has received a mixed message that thyroplasty may or may not help the swallowing. Can you give us some probabilities?

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies...

Medializing a paralyzed vocal cord may, in some cases, improve overall swallowing function. Without details as to the results of a recent instrumental swallowing evaluation, I cannot remark as to whether or not such a procedure would be helpful in your wife's particular case. I would be happy to comment further if such results were available, or I would suggest consultation with a laryngologist (an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician who specializes in the treatment of voice disorders).

Good luck!

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