Vocal Cord Nodules
General Information on Vocal Cord Nodules
Vocal cord nodules, commonly called “singer’s nodes”, are noncancerous growths of tissue that develop on the vocal cords. The vocal cords, located in the larynx, are constructed of two fibrous bands that vibrate to produce sound. When these bands are overused, generally seen in the case of professional singers, the bands may thicken, resulting in the development of nodules. The condition occurs most often in children and adult women.
Symptoms of Vocal Cord Nodules
Vocal-cord nodules do not produce pain. However, other symptoms may include:
Scratchy or ‘breathy’ voice (such as a strained, scratchy whisper)
Voice alterations (especially in singers)
Treatments For Vocal Cord Nodules
After you have presented your symptoms to your doctor, your doctor will perform a physical exam of your throat and vocal chords. If a growth is identified, a biopsy will be needed to rule out the presence of cancer. If the growths are benign, treatment will generally consist of voice therapy sessions. These ‘behavioral’ voice therapy sessions are designed to train patients to rest their voice and use their vocal chords properly when speaking or singing so as to prevent the development of further nodules in the future. Voice therapy sessions are generally 2 times a week for about a month and a half. In some rare circumstances, surgery may be required. If you are experiencing symptoms similar to those listed above, consult your doctor for further diagnosis.
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