Vocal nodules-also called Teacher’s, Singer’s, Preacher’s nodules. As these names imply, vocal nodules are caused by voice abuse and produce a hoarse breathy voice. These lesions are benign. They are bilateral and face each other. They grow at the junction of the anterior and middle thirds of the vocal cords. Occasionally, a small capillary ruptures inside the nodule and makes it look red
If you are a singer, you may have heard about things that can cause your vocal quality to deteriorate. Voice fatigue is a major problem for many professional singers. You might find your voice feeling dry or tired often. You may get sore throats on a regular basis.
Microlaryngoscopy is the examination of your larynx (voice box) while you are under a general anesthetic. Microlaryngoscopy is done to find and treat problems of the voice box, such as hoarseness. The magnification is done with an operating microscope, endoscope or by video enlargement.
If there are any problem areas, a small part of the lining of the voice box is taken away for laboratory examination. This is called a biopsy. Depending on the type of problem a laser is sometimes used to remove it.
Microlaryngoscopy is quite a short operation and usually takes less than 30 minutes.