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Vocal Cord Nodule

Vocal cord nodules are benign growths similar to calluses. They are commonly seen in young children who speak loudly, or people who depend on their voice more than the average person, such as professional singers.


The primary symptoms of nodules are:

  • A rough voice
  • Hoarseness
  • Voice fatigue

In later stages, nodules can become large enough to prevent vocal cord closure. This causes air to escape while you are speaking.


Nodules are diagnosed in the office during a laryngoscopy and stroboscopy. They are usually seen in the midportion of the vocal folds. Typically, both vocal cords will have nodules.


Voice therapy with a speech language pathologist is the first step in the treatment of vocal cord nodules. This therapy improves and enhances the use of the vocal cord, teaching the patient to avoid behaviors that cause nodules.

While uncommon, surgery may be used to remove nodules.

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