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What are dysphonia and vocal fold insufficiency?

Dysphonia is a word doctors use to describe a variety of issues affecting a person’s voice, including difficulty speaking; a weak, breathy voice; and hoarseness.1 These symptoms can range from mild to severe2:

  • Mild = Voice gets tired with use
  • Severe = Complete loss of voice

Dysphonia may be caused by vocal fold insufficiency.

Vocal fold insufficiency is a treatable condition that is a common cause of dysphonia.2 When your voice is healthy, your vocal folds (also known as vocal cords) open and close as you speak. In people with vocal fold insufficiency, one or both vocal folds may not close properly. If you have hoarseness or difficulty speaking, don’t just accept it as a normal part of aging. Talk to your doctor and see if you qualify for treatment.

Treating vocal fold insufficiency often includes voice therapy and education.1 Treatments, such as PROLARYN GEL or PROLARYN PLUS, are available for certain types of patients.

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  1. Schwartz SR, Cohen SM, Dailey SH, et al. Clinical practice guideline: hoarseness (dysphonia). Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2009;141(3 suppl 2):S1-S31.
  2. Rosen CA, Simpson CB. Glottic insufficiency: Vocal fold paralysis, paresis, and atrophy. In: Operative Techniques in Laryngology. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag; 2008.