Common movement disorders affecting the larynx: A report from the neurolaryngology committee of the AAO-HNS Review uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Movement Disorders
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Stroke
  • Vocal Cords
  • Voice Disorders


  • Laryngeal physiology depends on dynamic neuromuscular forces acting on a basic framework of cartilage and specialized soft tissues, that is, the vocal folds. A working understanding of this organ in health and disease requires knowledge of specific neurological processes that may affect voice, swallowing, and airway regulation. Neuromuscular impairment continues to be a dominant topic in the study of laryngeal disorders. This subcommittee presentation reviews important aspects of the neurolaryngeal history and physical examination. After this foundation, 4 common movement disorders affecting the larynx are covered in separate subsections. These are stroke, Parkinson's disease, laryngeal tremor, and spasmodic dysphonia. State-of-the-art reviews reflecting our understanding of these clinical issues are presented in this summary.

publication date

  • November 2005



  • Review



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.otohns.2005.05.003

PubMed ID

  • 16274788

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 654

end page

  • 65


  • 133


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