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What is laryngitis?

Laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx. The larynx, or voice box, belongs to the respiratory system and contains the vocal cords. In laryngitis, the vocal cords become inflamed or irritated. The swelling distorts the sounds produced by the air passing over them, causing the voice to sound hoarse or to be temporarily lost.

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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 06 Nov 2014
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