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Throat Services

Chronic Tonsillitis/Strep Throat

Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils. This condition is common in children and adults when the tonsils become swollen, red and painful and may be coated with a yellow or white substance. Most cases of tonsillitis are caused by a virus, although it is sometimes the result of the streptococcal bacteria. Tonsillitis and Strep symptoms are similar to those of a common cold and may include: sore throat, fever, difficulty swallowing and swollen lymph nodes.

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

Tonsils and adenoids are typically removed because of recurrent infections despite antibiotic therapy. Other common reasons for removal include difficulty breathing due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids and recurrent sinus infections. In addition, removal of the adenoids may be beneficial for some children with ear infections. In adults, the possibility of cancer or a tumor may be another reason for removing the tonsils and adenoids. See information sheet for additional information on Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy.

Thyroid Disease

  • Hyperthyroidism: an overactive thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone in the body; causes of hyperthyroidism include Graves disease, nodules, goiters, thyroiditis
  • Hypothyroidism: an underactive thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone to maintain normal body function; causes of hypothyroidism include Hashiomoto disease, thyroidectomy, thyroiditis, medications, too much/too little iodine, etc.
  • Thyroid nodules: an abnormal growth of thyroid cells (cancerous or benign) within the thyroid
  • Goiter: an enlarged thyroid which may result in a visible neck lump


Partial or complete thyroidectomy removes the thyroid gland to treat overactive or underactive thyroid glands, nodules, and goiters. See information sheet for additional more information on Thyroidectomy.


Hyperparathyroidism, or overactivity of the parathyroid gland, involves an overproduction of parathyroid hormone (PTH). Although not a cancerous condition, hyperparathyroidism is often caused by a tumor on the parathyroid gland, known as an adenoma, which enlarges the specific gland and forces it to continuously secrete PTH. Most people with hyperparathyroidism have only one enlarged gland, but others can have all four affected by the condition. Common symptoms of hyperparathyroidism can include: increased thirst and urination, kidney stones, osteoporosis, weakness, fatigue and depression, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and constipation, impaired thinking and loss of memory, heartburn and high blood pressure.


Treatment for hyperparathyroidism depends on the symptoms and severity of the condition. Surgery is considered the most effective treatment for hyperparathyroidism and removes one or more parathyroid glands. See information sheet for additional information on Parathyroidectomy.

Vocal Cord Conditions

Vocal cord paralysis is a common disorder that involves a loss of movement in one or both of the vocal cords. When a vocal cord does not open or close properly, the airway is left open, which can allow food or liquids to slip through. This causes difficulty swallowing, coughing and increased breathing, hoarse/breathy or weak voice, and often occurs after neck or throat surgery. The cause of vocal cord paralysis is often not known, but some cases may be a result of: vocal cord injury, neck or chest injury, stroke, viral infection, tumor and inflammation. Vocal cord paralysis can be diagnosed through physical examination and a series of diagnostic tests such as a fiberoptic laryngoscope.

Another vocal cord condition is polyps. Polyps can take a number of forms and are usually benign, appearing as swelling, a bump or a nodule (additional evaluation may be required to determine if other types of throat lesions are cancerous). They are sometimes caused by vocal abuse. Polyps appear on either one or both of the vocal cords.

Vocal Cord Procedures

Treatment for vocal cord conditions depends on the cause, severity and length of the condition. Some patients recover from this condition with no treatment, while others may require voice therapy or surgery. Voice therapy works to strengthen the vocal cords and keep the airway protected, while surgery repositions the vocal cord to improve the voice and swallowing. Speech therapy may be recommended after surgery to help the patient get used to the changes. Please see the information sheet for Vocal Cord Surgery.

Fiberoptic Video Laryngoscope

During your evaluation, the doctor may utilize a fiberoptic video laryngoscope to obtain a better view of your throat and/or nasal cavity. Thanks to this advanced technology, you will be able to view your anatomy along with the doctor.

Other Throat Conditions

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Swallowing Disorders
  • Hoarseness
  • Peritonsillar Abscess
  • Laryngitis
  • Pharyngitis
  • Cervical Neck/Lymph Nodes
  • Mouth/Tongue/Throat Lesions
  • Parotid Tumor

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