Symptoms of Vocal Cord Paralysis

Vocal fold paralysis can cause a variety of symptoms affecting breathing, swallowing and speaking. Depending on whether the vocal cord is stuck open or stuck closed, symptoms may include:

  • Change in vocal tone and volume
  • Breathy or weak voice
  • Hoarseness
  • Noisy breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weak cough
  • Frequent throat clearing
  • Choking
  • Aspiration pneumonia