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
- Nodules, for
example, tend to respond best to anti reflux medications and ongoing voice
- 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.
Make an Appointment
Schedule an appointment with the voice and swallowing team by calling 716-WAKE or request an appointment online.