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Vocal Chord Disfunction?


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Does anyone know if vocal chord disfuction is a rateable thing?

I just came back from a week at National Jewish Health in Denver for my Asthma. They did a Bronc scope and an Upper GI scope and let me know that my Vocal chords are scarred from my GERD. Apparently I Asperate into my lung frequently. I am S/C for Asthma and GERD. Now I have this hoarse voice all the time from the chords.

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Does anyone know if vocal chord disfuction is a rateable thing?

I just came back from a week at National Jewish Health in Denver for my Asthma. They did a Bronc scope and an Upper GI scope and let me know that my Vocal chords are scarred from my GERD. Apparently I Asperate into my lung frequently. I am S/C for Asthma and GERD. Now I have this hoarse voice all the time from the chords.

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Did they say anything about cancer? Don't want to scare you but warn you.

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Did they say anything about cancer? Don't want to scare you but warn you.

No cancer, they did do a bunch of biopsies to check. They came out negative.

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The SMC K award for aphonia is ratable.

I dont know if you medically fit into a definition of aphonia.(Loss of voice)

I understand that if a vet has to use a voice box due to any SC disability, they VA will still pay them the K award even if they can speak in a whisper without the voice box.

A advocate told me that as they know a vet in that situation.

Vocal cord scarring due to SC ....... if I have time I will check the BVA

That could progressively get worse maybe? It seems you already have the SC nexus but I don't know if this would be a ratable SC.

But even a SC "0" rating, if established, would cover any future claim if it did get worse.Or turn into something very serious.

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Thanks Berta. That's a good idea just to get it S/C even at 0%. I guess you never know what could happen down the road.

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