Can Nerve Damage Cause Headaches?

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Definition

Laryngeal nerve damage is injury to one or both of the nerves that are attached to the voice box.


Alternative Names

Vocal cord paralysis


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Injury to the laryngeal nerves is uncommon.

However, it may occur from:

  • A complication of neck or chest surgery (especially thyroid, lung, or heart surgery)
  • A breathing tube in the windpipe (endotracheal tube)
  • A viral infection that affects the nerves
  • Tumors in the neck or upper chest, such as thyroid or lung cancer

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