Care of the Voice: Injuries
These images are taken from the University of Pittsburgh Voice Centre, with permission. They can be of help when someone says "you've got nodes", or some such horrific statement. Injuries to the voice need not be permanent (though some are, especially after long periods of abuse), and surgery isn't always the best recourse. Scarring of the vocal fold tissue as a result of surgery can be worse than the condition it was meant to treat. However, modern laser techniques have improved this somewhat, though the intense heat of the proceedures can be a problem.
Vocal Fold Hemorage:
a broken blood vessel in the mucosal layer, floods the tissue with bright red blood.
like a callous. The arrows point to the "nodes".
like a blister, I have circled the polyp with red to make it stand out more.
abnormal surface tissue growth
post-traumatic, a one sided tissue growth.
smoke induced swelling with excess fluid in the "baggy" mucosal layer
nerve damage (usually), freezes the vocal fold making the opposite fold do all the work.
gastric juices irritate folds and surrounding tissues. Notice the bright red colour, swollen tissues and in this instance, the nodules.
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