When abnormal growths such as nodules and polyps are found on the vocal cords, it can impact their ability to vibrate. This, in turn, can make it difficult to speak normally.

Treatment Methods for Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps

The treatment for vocal cord nodules and polyps will depend on their impact and their cause. The size of the nodule or polyp is one of the primary factors that will be considered when your provider is preparing a treatment plan. 

To determine a treatment plan, your provider may choose to perform an exam and further testing. This can include acid reflux testing, endoscopic throat and voice box inspection, or allergy testing. Testing or surgery for the thyroid may also be ordered as necessary.

If the nodules or polyps have grown large enough, surgery may be used to remove them. Your provider may also choose to perform surgery if the nodule or polyp has been in place for an extended period of time.

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More About Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps

Vocal cord nodules and polyps are benign growths that can stem from vocal mistreatment. When you misuse or overuse your voice, they can become swollen and firm, and eventually form nodules. If you continue to misuse your voice, the nodules may continue to grow. Speech therapy can help patients learn to stop misusing their voices and help prevent nodules and polyps from forming in the future. 

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Vocal Cord Nodule and Polyp Symptoms

Vocal cord nodules and polyps often appear as swollen spots or a bump on the vocal cords. On average, polyps are larger than nodules and tend to look more like a blister. Patients may also experience other symptoms along with the nodules or polyps such as:

  • Hoarseness
  • Scratchy voice
  • Breathiness 
  • Pain from ear to ear
  • Difficulty changing pitch 
  • Vocal tiredness 
  • Neck pain

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Vocal Cord Nodules & Polyps FAQs

Who is at risk for vocal cord nodules and polyps?

Vocal misuse or abuse is often the cause of vocal cord nodules. Vocal cord polyps stem from vocal misuse, a history of smoking, acid reflux, or certain thyroid conditions.

Is there any way to prevent vocal cord nodules or polyps?

Yes. Prevention can include staying well-hydrated, minimizing vocal misuse, and avoiding smoking.

What is vocal misuse or abuse?

Vocal misuse or abuse typically includes screaming, speaking loudly for a prolonged period of time, and singing.

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