A general and somewhat imprecise term used to describe or “name” a swelling originating in the vocal fold mucosa. Such a mass is commonly unilateral, benign, and the result, at least in part, of vibratory trauma. A polyp may be referred to as hemorrhagic, pedunculated, smoking-related, and so forth. A vocal polyp interferes with the voice’s clarity and other capabilities by interfering with accurate approximation of the folds during phonation. A polyp may also add mass to the vocal fold, thereby dropping the pitch range available to the voice.
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