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Can vocal cord nodules interfere with breathing?
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Dr. Russell Faust
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Russell Faust
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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Not usually
It takes a large lesion to interfere with breathing.
Nodules are usually small and do not cause breathing problems.

In brief: Not usually
It takes a large lesion to interfere with breathing.
Nodules are usually small and do not cause breathing problems.
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Russell Faust
For infants, nodules may be blamed for hoarseness, but infants have a higher incidence of respiratory papillomas (Recurrent Respiratory Papillomas, or RRP). RRP can interfere with breathing. If your infant is hoarse, has noisy breathing, and it seems to be getting worse, have a doctor evaluate them. Please.
Dr. Robert Knox
Vocal nodules should only affect the voice quality, not breathing. If you are having trouble breathing, suspect another source. See your doctor.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Classic screamer's or singer's nodules do not interfere with breathing.

In brief: No
Classic screamer's or singer's nodules do not interfere with breathing.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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