Though you may correlate vocal cord lesions to singers, this condition can affect anyone, especially if they use their voice loudly or often. However, you may not realize you have vocal cord lesions at all. In this case, knowing the types of lesions and their signs and symptoms is helpful in determining when to see your otolaryngologist. Find out more about vocal cord lesions with Dr. Gordon Siegel at Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat in Chicago, IL.
What is a vocal cord lesion?
A vocal cord lesion is an abnormal, benign growth on the vocal cord. Lesions are usually classified as either polyps, nodules or cysts. A polyp usually grows on one side of the vocal cord and normally do not have a specific shape or size. A nodule occurs due to overuse and is actually a callus and often resolve themselves with rest. A cyst is a sac of tissue which grows on the vocal cord. The severity of the problems associated with vocal cord lesions normally depends on the size and location of the lesion.
Do I have vocal cord lesions?
One of the main symptoms of a vocal cord lesion is unexplained and persistent hoarseness. You may also have a vocal cord lesion if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- vocal fatigue
- not able to begin speaking or singing easily
- lower pitch than normal
- airy, breathy, or low and harsh voice
- your voice breaks
- the need for frequently clearing your throat
These symptoms normally persist for longer than a week and do not seem to go away on their own. If you think you could have a vocal cord lesion, Dr. Siegel can help you confirm, diagnose and treat this condition.
Vocal Cord Lesion Treatment in Chicago, IL
Treatments for most cases of vocal cord lesions begin conservatively with plenty of vocal rest. Voice therapy can also help ease the symptoms of a vocal cord lesion and help resolve the problem. Surgery to remove or repair the lesion is common, especially in patients who undergo therapy and notice positive results in their speaking voice but not their singing voice.
For more information on vocal cord lesions, please contact your otolaryngologist Dr. Siegel at Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat in Chicago, IL. Call (312) 988-7777 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Siegel today!