Vocal Cord Nodules
Also known as: calluses of the vocal fold, vocal cord lesions.
What are vocal cord nodules?
Vocal cord nodules are calluses of the vocal cords. They typically occur from overuse or misuse of the voice. They can cause problems with voice quality.
What causes vocal cord nodules?
Vocal overuse or misuse can result in the formation of vocal cord nodules. The nodules typically occur after prolonged periods of yelling or screaming, straining the voice or improperly using the voice when singing.
What are the symptoms of vocal cord nodules?
The symptoms associated with vocal cord nodules include a raspy or hoarse voice, breaks in the voice, loss of the voice and/or frequent throat clearing.
What are vocal cord nodule care options?
The majority of cases resolve when the vocal overuse and misuse that is causing the nodules is stopped. Some patients benefit from speech therapy. In children, surgery is only occasionally recommended and reserved for severe refractory cases.
Reviewed by: Sandeep P Dave, M.D.
This page was last updated on: 5/2/2018 10:31:30 AM
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Dr. Davé is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. He is chief of the PSA Section of Otolaryngology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Dr. Davé sees patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
Dr. Yamilet Tirado is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the physician-led multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. She is a pediatric otolaryngologist/ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist within the Division of Otolaryngology and sees patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and the Nicklaus Children's Aventura Care Center.