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Laryngitis (Acute, Contagious and Chronic)

What is laryngitis? Laryngitis is the medical term for inflammation of the larynx (voice box). This is the part of the respiratory tract that connects the pharynx (throat) to the trachea (wind pipe) and contains the vocal apparatus to produce sound. The most common causes of laryngitis are an infection and trauma (chemical >> Read More ...

Dysphonia and Causes of a Hoarse or Whispering Voice

What is dysphonia? Dysphonia is the medical term for a speech disturbance (phonation), usually resulting in a hoarse voice or whispering voice, due to problems with the larynx (voice box). Spasmodic dysphonia is a form of dystonia where there is involuntary spasms of the vocal cords. This causes interruptions in speech , >> Read More ...

What is the Larynx? Function, Cartilages, Muscles, Ligaments

Location of the Larynx The larynx is the short tube that connects the pharynx (throat) to the trachea (wind pipe). It runs at the front of the throat at the level of C3 to C6 vertebrae and lies anterior to the esophagus. Function of the Larynx It allows air to be directed into the respiratory organs for gas exchange. The >> Read More ...

What is Esophagitis? Inflammation of the Esophagus, Symptoms

Esophagitis (UK ~ oesophagitis) is the medical term for inflammation of the esophagus, the long muscular tube of the gut which leads from the throat to the stomach. Esophagitis is a broad term to describe swelling of the esophagus, irritation of the mucosal lining or even lacerations of the esophageal wall. This may be a >> Read More ...
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