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Muscle Tension Dysphonia

Muscle Tension Dysphonia is a voice disorder characterized by strained, effortful phonation usually causing vocal fatigue if used extensively.

Two types are known:
Primary muscle tension dysphonia – a type of vocalizing or speaking in which the muscles in the neck are tense and when no other lesion or paralysis is seen.

Secondary muscle tension dysphonia – a compensatory method of vocalizing due either to a paralysis, paresis or muscular weakness causing the person to squeeze other parts of the larynx to help produce sound.

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