Laryngeal dystonia

Laryngeal Dystonia

Laryngeal Dystonia or Spasmodic Dysphonia (voice) – Known as focal which affects only one part of the body

  • experience spasms in the muscles of the larynx (voice box) that cause the voice to sound tight, strained or hoarse 
  • there are three types: adductor (sudden spasms causing vocal chords to close), abductor (sudden spasms that cause the vocal cords to open) and mixed (combination of adductor and abductor)
  • injecting small amounts of botulinum toxin into the larynx muscles which weakens them may help to improve the voice
  • other treatments such as speech therapy (providing the person alter voicing techniques) and surgery may help

More info – Virtual Medical Centre