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Can throat disorders cause problems elsewhere in the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Some types of throat disorders can spread to other parts of the body. Bacterial infections and cancer both pose this threat. Bacterial infections in particular often spread to the ear, and can also affect the kidneys. Throat cancer is specifically linked to lung cancer. It can also move into lymph nodes and spread from there.

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