Intubation voice disorder – What is it?
Intubation voice disorder (intubation trauma) is an injury to the vocal folds caused by a tube during general anesthesia. All over the world, thousands of people receive general anesthesia every day. When you give a general anesthetic, you have to secure the airway. This means anesthesiologists place a tube from the mouth, down the throat and larynx, and into the trachea. When this tube is inserted, injury can occur. Intubation trauma is a common name for this injury to the vocal folds, as a direct result of intubation. The voice becomes hoarse, brittle, or is sometimes gone altogether.