Spasmodic dysphonia is a condition in which there are involuntary movements of one or more muscles of the voice box or larynx. These spasms cause vocal disruptions. Someone with spasmodic dysphonia may have a voice that sounds wavering, hoarse, or strained. During spasms, he or she may have no voice at all followed by periods when the voice sounds almost normal. These spasms may come and go and vary in their severity.
One of the best treatments for spasmodic dysphonia is periodic injections of botulinum toxin such as Botox and Dysport into the vocal cords. These neurotoxins relax the muscles of the voice box and larynx, reducing spasms. Vocal therapy by a speech-language pathologist may also help.
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