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Benign Vocal Cord (Voice Box) Growths or Lesions Specialist

Understanding your symptoms and knowing when to seek medical treatment is crucial, as early diagnosis and management can reduce the complications of benign vocal cord growths.

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Common Symptoms of Benign Vocal Cord Growths

  • Changes in vocal quality such as hoarseness or raspiness
  • Vocal fatigue
  • Voice breaks
  • Reduced singing range
  • A feeling of a lump in the throat
  • Neck pain
  • Persistent coughing
OVERVIEW

What Are Benign Vocal Cord Growths?

Benign vocal cord (voice box) growths or lesions are noncancerous lumps or nodules that grow on your vocal cords. These growths develop as a result of overusing or straining of your voice, or it may also be a sign of an underlying medical issue.

Complications of Benign Vocal Cord Growths

  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Memory problems
  • Anxiety and depression

Common Causes of Benign Vocal Cord Growths

  • Vocal strain and overuse
  • Excessive smoking
  • Regular alcohol use
  • Sinusitis
  • Acid reflux
  • Allergies
  • Side effects from medication
  • Hypothyroidism
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Diagnosis of Benign Vocal Cord Growths

Physical examination

Your doctor will examine your head and neck and check for symptoms such as voice hoarseness or coughing. A review of your medical and family history may also be conducted.

Laryngoscopy with stroboscopy

This is an examination of your larynx (voice box) and throat using a laryngoscope (a thin, flexible telescope) combined with a synchronised strobe light.

Biopsy

A small piece of the growth tissues may be removed to test if they are cancerous.

Upon receiving a diagnosis, we will guide you through the several treatment options we offer and propose a treatment plan specific to your condition.
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Treatment Options for Benign Vocal Cord Growths

Treatment for benign vocal cord growths and lesions typically involves restoring vocal function and relieving symptoms.

Some of the treatment options may include:

  • Vocal rest
  • Voice therapy under the guidance of a speech-language pathologist to teach you how to use your voice safely and prevent overuse
  • Treatment of underlying medical conditions such as acid reflux, sinusitis and thyroid problems
  • Surgery (endolaryngeal microsurgery or phonomicrosurgery)

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Are benign vocal cord growths serious? When should I visit a doctor?

    While benign vocal cord growths are typically noncancerous and will heal on their own with adequate rest, they should still be properly taken care of. In some cases, these growths may indicate a more severe underlying medical condition that requires proper treatment.

    You should seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms persist for an extended period of time or if they impede your daily functions to a great extent.

    How to prevent benign vocal cord growths?
    • Quit or reduce smoking
    • Relieve stress by engaging in yoga, deep breathing techniques or meditation
    • Rest your vocal cords
    • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids
    • Have adequate sleep