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3. Potential Issues and Complications

Complications caused by vocal cord paralysis are not limited to breathing and swallowing issues. The condition keeps the airway from completely opening or closing, which can cause choking when eating and drinking; even just swallowing saliva can cause a person to choke. It’s possible for an individual to inhale food or drink into the larynx and lower respiratory tract. This causes pulmonary aspiration and can lead to pneumonia.

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