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Leukoplakia Vocal Cords
Benign Leukoplakia removed form vocal cord 1 mth ago. Now shows scar tissue. Do I need to worry abt turning to cancer or is everything ok? Scared
No imminent: Danger. You are not in any imminent danger, however, you should follow your doctor's advice for follow-up visits and tests. If you smoke, quit now.
The vocal cord is a short (about 1cm long) band of tissue in the larynx (aka "voice box"). It is paired, so everyone has 2, and they are located just below the "adam's apple." when you breathe, they are separated from each other. When you speak, they come together while your lungs push air (like a bellows or bagpipe) past them, and they vibrate, like a reed on a ...Read more
Elaborate? Benign Leukoplakia removed form vocal cord 1 mth ago. Shows big post-op scarring. Voice ok, worried about turning cancer later. Unlikely?
Remain watchful: Leukoplakia is a precursor lesion which can evolve into cancer in a small minority of people. But once it is removed then there is minimal risk of that change. Yet you must be checked by your ENT doctor periodically. This is an easy area to monitor yet any change of voice will require you to get checked. By and large you are expected to do well. So remain alert yet not worry too much.See 1 more doctor answer
Is it common to have lots scar tissue 1 mnth after removing benign leukoplakia from vocal cord? Can scar turn to cancer in future or is it unlikely?
Unlikely if benign: If the lesion is benign then it is very unlikely to transform into a cancerious focus.
HPV: Human papilloma virus (hpv) causes papillomas on the vocal cords in infants and older children. Please discuss the likely method of acquisition and any treatment with your child's doctor. There are over 60 strains of hpv that can cause laryngeal papillomatosis. Perhaps in the future the hpv vaccine might be able to provide some measure of prevention.See 1 more doctor answer
Either or both: Cab drivers, for instance, may develop vocal cord polyps (growths) from recurrent screaming (at other motorists) this starts as swelling and inflamation. Polyps can go on to become malignant tumors in rare cases. This needs to be looked into if symptoms persist.
VCs: What are the symptoms? What is the history?
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Possible, ask yr MD: Tobacco smoke irritates the vocal cords, so certainly it will help, but there may be other factors affecting your voice. Check with your doctor, there can be other things going on, some serious & some not. Kudos for quitting! . Important to get support (class, help line, nic anonymous) as relapsing will definitely make it worse, as well as affecting your body adversely in other ways.
Viral or physical: The term vocal fold (chord) problem is very non-specific. If you are hoarse from a long flight, there are at least 3 possibilities. You may have talked too much (voice abuse), you may have contacted a viral infection from another passenger (laryngitis) or the physical environment may cause dryness of the throat and larynx. Time and fluids or occasionally oral steroids will resolve your problem.
Do the vocal cords move when we breath in and out? Or do they just stay open? And do they close completely when u hold ur breath?
Open when breathing: Normal vocal cords abduct (open) with inspiration (breathing). They may paradoxically close during inspiration causing stridor (noisy upper airway sound). If paralyzed they may also adduct (close) due to Bernoulli's principle, as velocity increased, pressure decreases collapsing the vocal cords.
By your voice: And examination of vocal cords with a scope
Yes: Damaging any part of your body purposefully is bad.