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Cedars Sinai Medical Towers, Los Angeles, CA

Vocal Fold Masses

Our doctors are specially trained to handle a wide range of voice and swallowing disorders, and strive to offer patients the most advanced, minimally invasive treatments.

A vocal mass is any growth that occurs on the vocal cords.  This may include:


It is not uncommon to have patients come to the Voice Center, having been told they have “nodes/nodules” Contrary to popular belief, nodules are not common.

Misdiagnosis often occurs because the low‐resolution pictures that a general otolaryngologist is able to obtain make diagnosis of your vocal problem difficult. Without the right training and expertise, all bumps on the vocal folds are called nodules and a patient walks away with the wrong diagnosis. This may lead to incorrect treatment plans and worsening of the problem.


The bumps are barely visible when viewed through the flexible laryngoscope (left), which is the scope that most general otolaryngologists use. However, when the same exact patient is correctly assessed with videostroboscopy (right), the true nature of the masses (polyps) become clear even to an untrained eye. The treatments for these two lesions are completely different.

At the Voice Center, our specially trained physicians examine your vocal folds under a much higher magnification and with a highly‐specialized technology called videostroboscopy. This exam is centered around your voice, and evaluating the true nature of your problem. All too often, we see patients who have been suffering for years under a misdiagnosis that was based on poorer technology and visualization.

The most important thing before pursuing treatment for your vocal fold nodules is to make sure that you have the right diagnosis. Once you have confirmed this, luckily, these lesions frequently respond to non‐surgical treatment.

Vocal Polyps

Polyps are collections of fluid that form on the vocal cord edge. These are due to vocal trauma and will cause significant voice symptoms.  Vocal range will decrease and the speaking voice is often hoarse as well.


More information on all these pathologies may be found at


Hoarseness is a general term that describes a change in voice quality

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

The Voice and Laryngology Center at Osborne Head and Neck Institute is focused on the care of the larynx

Care Of The Professional Voice


Vocal Fold Masses


Muscle Tension

Muscle tension is the overuse of neck and throat muscles while singing

Glottic Insufficiency

This space between your vocal folds is termed "glottic insufficiency"

Office Hours



Monday – 8:00am – 5:30pm

Tuesday – 8:00am – 5:30pm

Wednesday – 8:00am – 5:30pm

Thursday – 8:00am – 5:30pm

Friday – 8:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday – 8:00am – 12:00pm

Contact Information

Osborne Head & Neck Institute

Cedars Sinai Medical Towers
8631 W. Third Street, Suite 945E
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel: 310.657.0123
Fax: 310.657.0142

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