Jefferson University Hospitals

Neurogenic Voice and Swallowing Disorders

If you are diagnosed with a neurogenic voice or swallowing disorder such as vocal fold paralysis, spasmodic dysphonia or vocal paralysis, the expert otolaryngologists and speech-language pathologists of the Jefferson Voice and Swallowing Center can examine your condition and recommend several options to decrease the severity of your condition and possibly treat it, including voice therapy, Botox injections and/or surgery.

Neurogenic disorders are caused by brain/nervous system damage or malfunction as it interacts with the larynx. Sometimes your nerves can become damaged during common surgeries and cause a lack of movement or weakness in the vocal fold. Other voice problems can be caused by a neurological disorder such as Parkinson's disease or myasthenia gravis.

The Jefferson Voice and Swallowing Center, a joint program with the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and housed within the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, provides comprehensive state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment of disorders affecting the voice and swallowing. Many treatment options are available at the Center that don't require hospitalization, including integrative and complementary medicine techniques.