Benign Vocal Fold Lesions

Patients who have hoarseness that lasts longer than three weeks should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist. Our responsibility is to verify that there is not a problem with the vocal folds that could be dangerous. Fortunately, in the majority of cases, we find a benign vocal fold lesion that might be a cyst, nodule or polyp.  While there are other benign vocal fold lesions, these three are the most common.  Each requires a slightly different approach to obtain the best possible voice outcome.  

  • Nodules, for example, tend to respond best to anti reflux medications and ongoing voice therapy. 
  • Cysts and polyps often require surgical intervention in order to resolve completely, but these patients also benefit from reflux control and voice therapy.  

Cysts tend to be comprised of an accumulation of mucous or skin-like debris encased in a small sac within the vocal fold, while polyps often sit on the surface of the vocal fold and may have an abnormal blood vessel as the root cause. 

Regardless, with appropriate treatment, you can expect complete resolution of these three characteristic benign vocal fold lesions.

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