Vocal Cord Nodules

Vocal cord nodules are symmetrical swellings on the touching surfaces of the vocal cords. They occur in pairs, with one nodule on each vocal cord at the site of greatest irritation. They are benign (in good manner) which means that they do not lead to formation of vocal cord malign (cancerous) pathologies.

They sometimes are called singer’s, screamer’s or teacher’s nodules. This name is given, because they are usullay seen in people who use their voice for long term or in an abnormal form which is called vocal abuse.

The most common symptoms for vocal fold nodules are voice changes (hoarseness, breathy voice, low-pitched voice, loss of active vocal range in voice professionals), sensation of pain in times of long speech or voice use, and feeling a lump in the throat.

Diagnosis of vocal cord nodules is easily made by either rigid or flexible endoscopic examination of larynx.

Main treatment option for vocal cord nodules is voice therapy. Voice therapy is a behavioral method that aims to change the vocal behaviour of the patient, and decreases the trauma that the vocal fold face during phonation. Phonomicrosurgery is another option, which is usually reserved for patients that do not respond well to voice therapy.

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