As you age, your voice often becomes weaker and loses its range and quality, a condition called presbylaryngis
, or aging of the larynx.
The patient was diagnosed with presbylaryngis because his marked vocal fold atrophy could not be accounted for by the documented mild, unilateral superior laryngeal nerve paresis.
1) Presbylaryngis develops from degeneration and fatty infiltration of the thyroarytenoid muscle and overlying structures.
Age-related voice changes--loss of power or volume, or increased breathiness or unsteadiness--often signal presbylaryngis
, a thinning or shrinking of the vocal cords that generally requires no treatment.
Indications include unilateral vocal fold paralysis and vocal fold bowing secondary to muscular atrophy, paresis, or presbylaryngis