Healthcare: Ear, Nose and Throat (Otolaryngology)

Vocal Fold Hemorrhage

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Vocal Fold Hemorrhage

What is a vocal fold hemorrhage?

Blood vessels run throughout our vocal folds. If you yell, scream, or place any extreme stress on the voice, the blood vessels can burst. The fold will then fill with blood like a bruise.

What are the signs and symptoms of a vocal fold hemorrhage?

You may have a sudden loss of voice after strenuous voice use.

How do you diagnose a vocal fold hemorrhage?

The diagnosis is made by laryngoscopy performed by an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor).

How do you treat a vocal fold hemorrhage?

The treatment is strict voice rest with follow-up laryngoscopy to ensure that the hematoma (collection of blood) resolves.

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