The vocal folds are attached to joints made out of cartilage, called arytenoids. These joints can sometimes develop a small ulcer. The body heals these ulcers by forming a solid, fleshy growth over the ulcer, and this is known as a granuloma.
The ulcer may be caused by:
- Excessive voice use
- Trauma from having a breathing tube placed during a surgery
It is a benign condition, though it can often be mistaken for a tumor, and it usually causes throat discomfort and hoarseness.
Medical treatment with acid reflux medication is usually effective. Surgery is usually not recommended for removal, as all this does is re-expose the ulcer.
In rare, resistant cases, a Botox injection can temporarily weaken the vocal folds, preventing them from colliding with each other, and allowing the ulcer to heal.
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