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Can vocal cord nodules turn cancerous?

Can vocal cord nodules turn cancerous?

Unlikely: Most nodules are benign but like any growth rarely they can be malignant. Some nodules may be premalignant and over time - especially in smokers - they can become cancerous. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Are vocal cord nodules bilateral? Can they become cancerous?

Are vocal cord nodules bilateral? Can they become cancerous?

It depends,,: It depends on the cause of the nodules/lesions. Lesions from overuse or misuse of the vocal cords like loud yelling are usually symmetric and bilateral, and rarely progress to anything harmful. Those from cancer are more likely to be unilateral and irregular. Either way it's wise to see your doctor if you have any symptoms like hoarse voice to be sure what the cause is. ...Read more

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Can vocal cord nodules or polyps hurt?

Can vocal cord nodules or polyps hurt?

Not usually: Vocal fold nodules or polyps usually arise from voice abuse or voice misuse. They are rarely painful. ...Read more

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Can vocal cord nodules interfere with breathing?

Can vocal cord nodules interfere with breathing?

No, but ....: Classic screamer's nodules or "singer's nodules" of the vocal cords do not obstruct the airway. On the other hand, infants and children can be infected with the hpv virus (usually during vaginal delivery), and this can cause respiratory papillomas of the vocal cords - these will grown slowly and, despite being a benign disease, can result in fatal airway obstruction. If concerned, see a doc! ...Read more

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Is vocal cord nodule painful?

Is vocal cord nodule painful?

Typically no: Vocal cord nodules/cysts typically do not cause pain, but often hoarseness. If the cyst is infected or becoming too large, may cause pain and difficult breathing etc... Obviously you should follow-up with your doc about the nodule and make sure it is not malignant/canerous etc.. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you treat a vocal cord nodule?

How do you treat a vocal cord nodule?

Vocal cord nodules: Are usually due to vocal abuse. The main treatment is speech therapy. Also agressive treatment of any acid reflux. Occasionally, surgery is needed for cases that dont clear up with speech therapy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vocal cord nodule?

Hoarseness: Vocal cord nodules are usually caused by vocal abuse. The main symptom is hoarseness. They do not cause pain and can not be felt. An ENT doctor can examine your vocal cords and explain the treatment. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vocal cord nodules?

What is the treatment for vocal cord nodules?

ENT first.: Start with a good ENT in your area that has experience treating singers. The ENT can determine the correct diagnosis and treatment, which often includes working with a speech therapist to change any vocal habits that may have led to the problem. Voice rest and lots of fluids are a must! ...Read more

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How fast can I make my vocal cord nodule go away?

Vocal cord nodule: Nodules are benign. They are slow to resolve, often taking months. Primary treatment is speech therapy, voice rest and coverage for acid refulx.. Surgery is reserved as the last option if non-surgical treatments aren't successful. ...Read more

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Vocal Cord (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more