Vocal Cord and Voice Disorders
Problems with voice usually present as hoarseness. This can be caused by a problem with the vocal cords. If hoarseness persists over weeks or months, a variety of issues can be to blame; some minor, some serious (i.e. cancer). Some possibilities include:
- Nodules or growths on the vocal cords
- Reflux / chronic cough
- Cancerous or pre- cancerous lesions
- Bowing or aging of the vocal cords
- Muscular or spastic dysphonia
A proper history and examination by an ENT physician is necessary to accurately diagnose and treat vocal cord disorders. It may be necessary to use fiberoptic scope technology in the office to complete the exam thoroughly. Many of these problems are found to have non-cancerous causes.