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Vocal cord Lesions

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 5:30 AM

Vocal cord Lesions

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

What are Vocal Cord Lesions?

Vocal cord lesions are abnormal masses which have developed within or along the margin of the vocal cords .They affect the voice by altering the vibration of the vocal cords.

What are the common Vocal Cord Lesions?

• Vocal nodules

• Vocal polyps

• Vocal cord cysts

Leukoplakia of the vocal cords is a precancerous lesion which needs to be biopsied to rule out cancer


What Are The Symptoms Of Vocal Cord Lesions?

• Change in voice quality

• Persistent hoarseness

• Vocal fatigue

• Delayed voice initiation

• Low pitch

• Voice breaks

• Airy or breathy voice

• Inability to sing in high, soft voice

• Increased effort to speak or sing

• Hoarse and rough voice quality

• Frequent throat clearing

• Extra force needed for voice

• Voice "hard to find"

How are Vocal Cord Lesions diagnosed?

Vocal Cord Lesions are diagnosed by your ENT specialist after doing a basic examination to view your vocal cords .This may be with a mirror or a telescope/endoscope.

What is the treatment of benign [noncancerous] Vocal Cord Lesions?

Treatment depends on the nature of the lesion and may be

• Medicines

• Voice care and Speech therapy

• Microlaryngeal surgery


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