Pediatric Vocal Cord Paralysis

Pediatric Vocal Cord Paralysis

Pediatric Vocal Cord Paralysis

Pediatric vocal cord paralysis occurs when a child’s vocal cords cannot move. This can occur on one side (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral) of the vocal cords.

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What is Pediatric Vocal Cord Paralysis?

Vocal cord paralysis occurs when the vocal cords (vocal folds) cannot move and are unable to reach each other, creating a gap between them. This gap can affect a child’s breathing and their ability to speak.

What are the different types of Pediatric Vocal Cord Paralysis?

There are two types of vocal cord paralysis:

Unilateral vocal cord paralysis

Unilateral vocal cord paralysis is when a child’s vocal cords cannot move on one side.

Bilateral vocal cord paralysis

Bilateral vocal cord paralysis is when a child’s vocal cords cannot move on both sides.

What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Vocal Cord Paralysis?

*Age of infants as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO).

What are the causes of Pediatric Vocal Cord Paralysis?

Pediatric vocal cord paralysis can be caused spontaneously (unknown reason), or be the result of a:

  • Complication from intubation (plastic tubing in the trachea (windpipe) to assist breathing)
  • Surgery
  • Traumatic injury
  • Viral infection

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