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Vocal Cord Disorders

Updated: November 15, 2018

What Is It?

The vocal cords are two bands of elastic muscle tissue. They are located side by side in the voice box (larynx) just above the windpipe (trachea). Like other tissues in the body, vocal cords can be strained and damaged. Vocal cords are also subject to infections, tumors and trauma. 

When you are silent, the cords remain open. They create an airway through which you breathe.  

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