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What medical conditions could prevent an injured person from speaking?

In some cases, the person may not be able to speak because of a medical condition such as a laryngectomy. A person whose larynx (voice box) was surgically removed breathes through a permanent opening, or stoma, in the neck and may not be able to speak.

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