Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Laryngeal Polyps Overview

What are laryngeal polyps?
A person with a laryngeal polyp has a growth on the vocal cord. A polyp is a ball of tissue, attached to the vocal cord by a stalk. Laryngeal polyps are made up of the cells that line the vocal cords. In most cases, laryngeal polyps are caused by an injury to the vocal cords by overusing the voice. Most laryngeal polyps are non-cancerous.

What are the symptoms of laryngeal polyps?
Common symptoms of laryngeal polyps include a hoarse voice or a change in the voice. Additional symptoms of laryngeal polyps include a dry cough and difficulty swallowing.

How does the doctor treat laryngeal polyps?
Treatment for laryngeal polyps depends on the size of the polyp. Treatment may include resting the voice, and surgery to remove the polyp. A special procedure, known as microlaryngoscopy, allows the doctor to remove a laryngeal polyp without making an incision.

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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