Vocal Cord Nodules and Polyps

What are vocal cord nodules and polyps?

Vocal cord nodules and polyps are small growths that form on the vocal cords. They are caused by trauma to the vocal cords, usually as a result of voice abuse (shouting, screaming or singing).  They typically cause hoarseness  or change in voice.


How can they be treated?

It is possible to treat vocal cord nodules and polyps with speech therapy, particularly if they are detected and diagnosed early. Your ear, nose and throat specialist may perform a laryngoscopy as well as a videostroboscopy as part of the diagnosis and treatment planning process. Surgery is an option in severe cases and cases that don’t improve after speech therapy.