- A persistent sore throat or cough.
- Pain or problems swallowing.
- Ear pain.
- A lump in the neck or throat.
- A hoarse voice or other voice changes.
- Blood tinged sputum when coughing.
- Have cancer of the larynx.
- Have sustained severe injury to the neck, such as a gunshot wound.
- Develop radiation necrosis (damage to the larynx stemming from radiation treatment
More about Treatment
Laryngectomy is the surgical removal of the larynx. The larynx is the portion of your throat that houses your vocal cords, which allow you to produce sound.
- Trachea esophageal puncture (TEP) is performed following total laryngectomy to allow speech and communication.
- The most common reason for long-term speech failure in this population is hypertonicity of the constrictor muscle.