The vocal cords, also known as vocal folds, sit at the top of the windpipe (trachea). They are two folds of tissue stretched across the voice box (larynx). They vibrate, adjusting the flow of air from the lungs, to produce speech sounds. Vocal cord paralysis is the term used when there is weakness in one or both vocal folds stopping them moving as they should.
Von Willebrand disease is a type of clotting disorder – more common than the better known haemophilia. A specific protein is missing from the blood so that injured blood vessels cannot heal in the usual way. Von Willebrand disease is named after the doctor first described the condition in the early 20th Century. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the causes, symptoms and treatment of Von Willebrand disease and where to get help.
A wart is a common type of skin growth that can occur singly or in clusters. They are most common on the hands, but can develop elsewhere on the body such as the feet. Warts are not usually painful, unless they are on the soles of the feet. They are contagious however, so can spread to other parts of the body or even to other people.
Worster-Drought syndrome (WDS) is a type of cerebral palsy (movement disorder) that affects the muscles around the mouth and throat. This causes problems with swallowing, feeding, talking, dribbling and other actions controlled by these muscles, such as coughing, nose-blowing, kissing and crying.
This page explains about 'resistant bugs': antibiotic resistance and multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) and why this has become a worldwide public health issue. It explains how these organisms are passed on and how they can be treated. It also explains about things we are doing at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to reduce the chance of them spreading.