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The larynx for neurologists.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19901709     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The larynx is an amazingly versatile musculocartilaginous organ with complex sensory and motor responsibilities which allow functional coordination of the upper aerodigestive tract.
REVIEW SUMMARY: Phylogeny, anatomy, and function of the larynx are reviewed. The major laryngeal responsibilities are phonation, deglutition, control of respiration, and airway protection. Although phonation is the least important laryngeal function for survival, it is possibly the most "human" function, and special attention is paid to the mechanism of the human voice. Parkinson's hypophonia, vocal fold paralysis, and spasmodic dysphonia cases are presented to illustrate specific examples of neurologic dysfunction.
CONCLUSION: Understanding laryngeal function will promote earlier diagnosis of neurologic deficits and facilitate accurate evaluation and treatment of laryngeal dysfunction.
Tanya K Meyer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The neurologist     Volume:  15     ISSN:  2331-2637     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurologist     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-10     Completed Date:  2010-01-26     Revised Date:  2014-11-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9503763     Medline TA:  Neurologist     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  313-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Croup / pathology,  physiopathology
Laryngeal Diseases / complications
Larynx / anatomy & histology*,  physiology*
Parkinson Disease / pathology,  physiopathology
Vocal Cord Paralysis / pathology,  physiopathology
Voice Disorders / etiology

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