Vocal cord polyps are benign growths originating from one or both vocal cords. Polyps differ from vocal cord nodules in that they are usually larger and more likely to be unilateral. They are usually filled with a jelly-like material that makes them unlikely to resolve spontaneously.
Conservative treatment of vocal cord polyps may include eliminating irritating factors, such as excess stomach acid or cigarette smoke. Voice rest or speech therapy may be recommended. However, unlike vocal cord nodules, polyps are unlikely to resolve with conservative treatment and generally require surgical intervention consisting of a laryngoscopy and excision of the polyp using microscopic technique.