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what are vocal nodules?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
"growths" on cords: Vocal nodules are lesions that can affect the true vocal cords. Nodules usually present as hoarseness or a change in your voice. They tend to be non-cancerous in nature but cancer is always a concern when ents look at your vocal cords and see "growths.".
Dr. Howard Fertel
Emergency Medicine 32 years experience
Usually benign: Vocal cord nodules are usually benign but could effect your voice. See an ENT for further treatment.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What could cause pickers nodules?

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Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dermatology 23 years experience
Picking: Pickers nodules, aka prurigo nodularis, may start out as anything causing itching and then the nerves in that area go haywire and the person picks and rubs and continues to manipulate the area, then, thick nodules that have more nerves and sensations grow and the cycle continues. The only way to break the cycle is to not touch these spots alt all. For itching, topical or injected corticosteroid.
A 23-year-old member asked:

My dr said I have one small nodule on my vocal chords but "not to worry about it." I am still losing my voice. Could the nodule cause . Voice loss?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
No: A vocal fold nodule is the result of voice abuse, voice misuse, or rarely a tiny bleed into the vocal fold. It is a thickening of the lining surface of the vocal fold. It will disappear with proper voice therapy. It should not be surgically removed because that surgery may result in permanent scarring of the tissue.
A 52-year-old male asked:

Can a "hot" nodule be identified on a sonogram?

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Dr. Prabhat Sinha
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Yes: Yes all nodule can be seen.
A member asked:

Is my singing voice going to be okay? Do I have a vocal nodule or just need more rest? I love to sing and lately I have really been using my singing voice more frequently. Last week i was singing rolling in the deep by adele and all the sudden, on the lou

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Dr. Michael Wolfe
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Sudden : Sudden losses of the voice may be due to a hematoma (a collection of blood) in or on the vocal cord. Small blood vessels can rupture from vocal abuse like yelling, singing, coughing, etc. Treatment is controversial. Some feel that small hematomas can be treated with voice rest. Others feels that they lead to scarring of the cord or growths called polyps and they should be managed surgically. Other causes of voice loss and hoarseness include muscle tension dysphonia (the muscles around the larynx are over stimulated and the muscles are tense) and vocal nodules (callus-like growths on the cords). If your voice does not improve, then you should be seen by an otolaryngologist (ent).
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can there be anyway you can feel that you have vocal nodules?

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Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
Pathology 58 years experience
See below: You will have hoarseness. The vocal cors cannot touch each other when there is a nodules.

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