Surgical Management of Phonotraumatic Lesions: Current Techniques

Nyssa Fox Farrell, Matthew Scott Clary

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Purpose of Review: Recurrent phonotrauma can lead to chronic mucosal damage and the development of benign lesions such as vocal nodules, polyps, and cysts. Traditionally, voice therapy with Speech and Language Pathology has been the mainstay for treatment of these lesions. However, surgical management is frequently employed in those lesions that persist in spite of therapy. Recent Findings: Over the past two decades, there have been many advancements in cold-knife surgical technique, as well as the introduction and development of laser management and intralesional steroid injections. In particular, there has been an increased emphasis on techniques for in-office management of lesions. Summary: As the field of laryngology continues to grow and develop, practitioners will continue to have safer and more effective treatment options, both in the operating suite and in the clinic setting, for management of phonotraumatic lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-156
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Otorhinolaryngology Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2016


  • Laryngeal surgery
  • Phonosurgery
  • Vocal cyst
  • Vocal fold lesion
  • Vocal nodule
  • Vocal polyp


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