ABOUT THE LARYNX 

WHAT IS THE LARYNX?

The larynx is an organ in the neck made of muscle, cartilage, and connective tissue. It is also known as the "voice box" and is critically important for voice, swallowing, and breathing. The vocal folds (or "vocal cords") open and close to enable these functions (see pictures below).

 

If there is a problem with movement of the vocal folds, or a growth that prevents them from closing appropriately, this will cause a person to become hoarse, or have other problems. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are critical to make sure that important functionality is preserved.