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Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Northwell Health and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He holds a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education with a special focus on educational technology, educational research, and game-based learning from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has a special interest in faculty development and has been a speaker or faculty at hundreds of local, national, and international courses and conferences. He is also an active blogger and podcaster for several organizations, including the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI), Harvard Medical School CME Online, and BackTable Innovations. He has been featured in the news and print for media outlets such as USA Today, Businesswire, The Washington Post, Nature Medicine, Fox News, and KevinMD. He was also the Vice President, Medical Director of a medical video game company, Level Ex from 2018 to 2023 that utilized game technology and psychology to create interactive experiences for healthcare professionals. | He is recognized as an expert on the implementation of educational technologies and gaming with a foundation in educational theory for health professions education. He was honored to be inducted as an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators and as an Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

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Rohini R, MD (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

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  • A deeper voice in the morning

  • Hoarse voice from talking too much at work

  • Voice has remained hoarse for several weeks

  • Have been using my voice more at work

  • Losing my voice

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  • Hoarse voice not getting better after a few weeks

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is vocal cord polyp?

These are often benign masses on the vocal folds and may result from extended periods of vocal strain (e.g., singing, shouting) or vocal trauma. Symptoms may include hoarseness, coughing, feeling like something is in your throat (globus), and pain. Only a medical professional can determine if these are benign polyps or more serious conditions, such as cancerous masses. It is important to seek medical attention and consider a biopsy of the lesions to confirm diagnosis.

Symptoms of vocal cord polyp

  • Hoarse voice lasting more than 3 weeks

  • Working requires or strains my voice a lot

  • Voice is softer than usual

  • Common cold or stomach flu symptoms before the fever appeared

  • Hoarse voice

  • Previous or active smoker

  • History of underactive thyroid / low thyroid levels

Questions your doctor may ask to check for vocal cord polyp

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose vocal cord polyp

  • Have you experienced a hoarse voice for over three weeks?

  • Do you use your voice a lot at work?

  • Is your voice quiet, making it difficult to speak loudly?

  • Did you have any cold or stomach flu before your fever started?

  • Is your voice hoarse?

Treatment for vocal cord polyp

Treatment usually involves voice therapy and rest. In some cases, surgery to remove the polyp can be considered.

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  • Hoarseness

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Reviewed By:

Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC

Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Northwell Health and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He holds a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education with a special focus on educational technology, educational research, and game-based learning from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has a special interest in faculty development and has been a speaker or faculty at hundreds of local, national, and international courses and conferences. He is also an active blogger and podcaster for several organizations, including the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI), Harvard Medical School CME Online, and BackTable Innovations. He has been featured in the news and print for media outlets such as USA Today, Businesswire, The Washington Post, Nature Medicine, Fox News, and KevinMD. He was also the Vice President, Medical Director of a medical video game company, Level Ex from 2018 to 2023 that utilized game technology and psychology to create interactive experiences for healthcare professionals. | He is recognized as an expert on the implementation of educational technologies and gaming with a foundation in educational theory for health professions education. He was honored to be inducted as an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators and as an Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

Rohini R, MD

Rohini R, MD (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Dr. Rohini R is an ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon, with a Fellowship in Advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery and a Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine and Lasers. Besides clinical practice and working with Ubie, she is actively training and mentoring medical students and residents. She has functioned in various work settings - teaching hospitals, private and free health centers, and worked with patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds due to her experience in free hospitals and volunteering in India and Singapore.

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