Causes of Vocal Cord GranulomaVocal fold process granulomas may form due to irritation from laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), intubation related trauma (from a breathing tube), or from other abusive/traumatic behaviors such as chronic throat clearing, chronic cough, or shouting/high intensity talking.
Vocal Fold Process Granuloma SymptomsSymptoms may include a “lump” sensation in the throat, chronic throat clearing, and a sharp pain with voicing and/or swallowing on the affected side which may radiate to the ear. If the granuloma is large, breathing and voicing may also be affected.
Diagnosis of Vocal Cord Granuloma
Our voice care team at the Voice and Swallowing Center has the advanced training and skills necessary to diagnose this voice condition. During the initial visit, you will be assessed by one of our laryngologists and likely, an additional session with one of our voice pathologists. We use cutting-edge diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your voice disorder and to develop your plan of care. Following a thorough discussion of your symptoms and medical history, be expected to undergo the following assessments:
- Video Laryngostroboscopy: Using a small camera inserted through the nose or mouth, our specialists are able to assess the health and function of your larynx (voice box) and determine the presence of any vocal fold growths or abnormalities.
- Perceptual, Acoustic, and Aerodynamic Voice Evaluation: This is a comprehensive assessment of multiple voice parameters completed by the voice pathologist.