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Laryngeal Nerve Damage

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

The laryngeal nerves attach to the voice box, or larynx. Laryngeal nerve damage can be caused by a variety of medical conditions.

What is going on in the body?

There are two laryngeal nerves-one on the right and one on the left. These nerves help move the vocal cords, allowing a person to talk. They also help prevent food from going into the windpipe, or trachea. Damage to these nerves usually produces symptoms.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

Causes of laryngeal nerve damage include:

  • injury, which may occur accidentally during surgery or other medical procedures
  • strokes
  • tumors, or growths, that can invade the nerve
  • infection, resulting in inflammation or destruction of the nerve
  • enlarged arteries, which may press on the nerve
  • diseases of the nervous system


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    Laryngeal Nerve Damage: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
    Date Reviewed: 05/03/01

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