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Neuromuscular Disease Affecting the Larynx.

Neuromuscular diseases (NMDs) are diseases involving the motor nuclei of the cranial nerves and anterior horn cells of the spinal cord, the peripheral nerves, the neuromuscular junction, and/or muscle itself. The following groups of disorders from the WHO International Classification of Diseases are usually included in the classification of NMDs: (1) Motor neuron diseases or related disorders; (2) Disorders of nerve root, plexus or peripheral nerves; (3) Diseases of neuromuscular junction or muscle. These diseases include myasthenia gravis or certain specified neuromuscular junction disorders, primary disorders of muscle, and secondary myopathies. The following discussion selects NMDs from each group, which may have unique laryngeal features and more commonly involve the laryngologist and highlights different diagnostic and treatment considerations related to the larynx.

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