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What Is a Laryngologist?

Nearly everyone has experienced the occasional sore throat from a common cold or reaction to seasonal allergens. Even losing your voice after a night at a concert or a hot sports match is not uncommon. But when your voice becomes raspy, hoarse, deep or you have trouble breathing or coughing, it may be time to see a laryngologist.

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Mausumi Syamal, MD
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

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Fellowship-trained laryngologist Mausumi Syamal, MD, with LVPG Ear, Nose and Throat –Palmer Township, has completed additional training which focuses on conditions of the throat, larynx and pharynx. The larynx, also known as the voice box, is critical to voice production and breathing. Diseases of the larynx and neighboring structures can lead to voice and breathing problems.

Vocal cord disorders

Among the conditions a laryngologist can help treat and diagnose are vocal cord disorders. A vocal disorder is a problem with pitch, volume, tone and other qualities of the voice. This condition may occur when the vocal cords don’t vibrate normally. Signs of a vocal cord disorder include prolonged or chronic laryngitis, the presence of vocal nodules or vocal polyps, as well as vocal cord paralysis and spasmodic dysphonia, which is a neurological disorder affecting voice muscles.

If you are have concerns about a chronic case of laryngitis, or experience frequent breathing or coughing problems, call 888-402-LVHN (5846) or visit LVHN.org/ENTappointment for an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists.