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Vocal Cord Nodules

Vocal cord nodules are benign growths that develop in the vocal cords due to chronic voice abuse. Hoarseness, or raspy voice, is its most common symptom. Practicing vocal hygiene and voice therapy are common treatment strategies for vocal cord nodules.

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My father has a vocal lesion. Is surgery required?

Query: Hi doctor, This is regarding the health of my 57 year old father. He is a non-smoker, vegetarian, and a non-drinker. He had a complaint of a low voice since the last 10 days. Yesterday, he had to visit an ENT for a check up. They did a video laryngoscopy and found a small lesion at the vocal ju...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is a vocal nodule that is common in those who are involved in teaching or singing. The initial treatment plan will be a trial of drugs for one or two weeks and if it is decreased, then it i...  Read Full »

I have a strange feeling in my throat that is affecting my voice. I am not able to sing on a high note. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I had a strange feeling inside my throat when singing as the voice would not go up. Like the voice stops and would not let me sing a high note. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay. B. K.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. First of all, it is good to know that you are an opera singer and that the vocal nodules will not hamper your singing career. As I can see from the images (attachment removed to protect patient’s identity) of your larynx ...  Read Full »

I had surgery to remove the vocal cord polyp. Can I use nicotine path and drink alcohol?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old male with no major health issues or complications. I had a laryngoscopy with a biopsy to remove a vocal cord polyp (the result was it was a benign wart) due to prior prolonged hoarseness of speech. I was wondering if I could use nicotine patches and alcohol (moderate...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With respect to alcohol, moderate or small amounts of it are okay. However, we cannot say the same about nicotine. Even after the surgical site is fully healed, we cannot justify the usage of nicotine in any form. I hope it helps.  Read Full »

Will vocal cord cyst recur even after MLS surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife, aged 32, has to talk a lot due to her profession. She has been diagnosed with a vocal cord cyst. The doctor has recommended surgery. I want to know a few details. In this type of MLS, what is the success rate? Will the patient get normal voice after surgery? Can this cyst be m...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for briefing the problem in concern. I had a detailed look at the reports you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This does look like a vocal cord cyst. The success rate depends on various factors like the completeness of the resection by th...  Read Full »

I have a burning sensation in my throat after polyp removal. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been diagnosed with a vocal cord polyp and later got it removed two years back. But for the past few months, I have been feeling a burning sensation in my throat and feeling tired after talking for a few minutes. What should I do? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Oliyath Ali

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Do you have symptoms of acidity or reflux also like a burning sensation in the chest or frequent burps? Acid reflux may complicate the situation as it leads to Irritation and inflammation in vocal cords leading to ho...  Read Full »

Does a small cyst on the vocal cord need a biopsy after surgery to rule out malignancy?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife, who is 32 years old, had a problem with hoarseness of voice for a month. As my wife is in the teaching profession, the use of voice is too high. She is also doing online business, which requires taking in the phone continuously. We have consulted an ENT specialist, and the docto...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A vocal cord cyst is a benign lesion involving the right vocal cords and is responsible for the hoarseness. Usual reasons for developing are overuse of the voice, which causes excessive vibration and microtrauma to the different vocal cords layers, causing a cystic swelli...  Read Full »

What is the small wound in my voice box found during an endoscopy?

Query: Dear doctor I have some problem in my voice box according to endoscopy one small wound. I have sound problem from 2 years no pain in throat but some time I feel few bleeding from throat my sound is stop some time.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi! Thanks for providing a brief history. This looks like a vocal cord polyp. The primary treatment for this is excision of the lesion through microlaryngeal surgery or MLS done under general anaesthesia. The lesion looks non cancerous but looks can deceiving and hence make sure that this lesion onc...  Read Full »

Do I need surgical intervention for nodule in vocal cords?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 70 years old. I am feeling hoarseness in my voice for some time. A doctor suggested laryngoscopy, and in the scan, there is a nodule in my vocal cord. What should I do now? Should I remove it or just go with medication?  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for providing a brief history and the endoscopic picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). A vocal nodule is a benign lesion situated on the true vocal cord. This is not cancerous and not lethal, not requiring immediate surgery. However, hoarseness ...  Read Full »

Is there any home remedy to heal vocal cord nodules faster?

Query: Hi doctor, I have vocal nodules. How to treat it faster at home?  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If vocal nodules are confirmed by a doctor then there are a few things which you should know. Vocal nodules are small thickenings in both vocal cords which usually occur secondary to excessive voice use and very common in singers, teachers, and any professional voice user...  Read Full »

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