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Overview of Voice Disorders

This area is dedicated to providing information on voice conditions and disorders. Each condition is described in detail to facilitate your ability to understand the condition and converse with your doctor. Key information presented on each condition (or group of conditions, such as vocal fold lesions) includes:

  • Overview information
  • Causes and symptoms
  • Specific diagnostic and treatment methods
  • Continuing advances and challenges

Each of the conditions is led by a Highlights section, which summarizes the most important information for the condition. Most of the conditions are complemented by related links to access Patient Narratives, Glossary, and more details on specific Tests and Procedures.

To help get some bearing of a voice disorder, we present typical images of some voice disorders. Images of the vocal folds are presented to simulate the view a patient might see when viewing office laryngoscopy pictures or videos with the voice specialist.

Related Information

Anatomy & Physiology
of Voice Production

To learn more about the anatomy of the area that produces your voice, read Anatomy & Physiology of Voice Production.

Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention

For information on tests and procedures commonly used for diagnosis and treatment, go to Overview of Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention.

Symptom Tree

Use the Symptom Tree to learn about symptoms of voice disorders and/or get a “big picture view” of possible voice disorders associated with a particular voice symptom or symptoms.

Personal Experiences

To hear actual narratives from people with a voice condition, go to Personal Experiences.