Hemorrhagic polyp

One of several subtypes of vocal polyps. This lesion has the appearance of a “blood blister” on the vocal fold. It may be associated with acute vocal trauma that causes abrupt and fairly severe hoarseness that is somewhat persistent. Small hemorrhagic polyps may resolve non-surgically but usually require many months to do so; larger ones should be considered surgical lesions. Fortunately, as a class, the prognosis for full recovery after surgery is excellent.

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