Polypoid degeneration

Used synonymously with Reinke’s edema and smoker’s polyps. Refers to the diffuse (generalized) submucosal edema most often seen in long-term smokers who are also somewhat talkative. In other words, this condition is rare in non-smokers and also rare in taciturn smokers. Polypoid degeneration tends to virilize (masculinize) the quality and capabilities of a voice, and this is most noticed in women.

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