There is a significant amount of controversy regarding the naming and classification of benign vocal fold lesions.
It is not uncommon for an otolaryngologist to call vocal fold lesions that are not cancerous “nodules” as a catch-all designation for a non-cancerous growth on a vocal fold.
The communication between doctor and patient, as well as between doctor and doctor, is problematic due to the lack of standards and classification when it comes to discussing benign vocal fold lesions.
Relationship of Vocal Fold Lesion and Vocal Fold Paresis
Vocal fold lesions have recently been observed to possibly be associated with or due to a weakness of the vocal fold (vocal fold paresis). (For more information, see Vocal Fold Paresis/Paralysis.)
Experts believe that the extreme amount of trauma placed on the lining/covering of the vocal fold to compensate for vocal fold weakness (paresis) causes a lesion to develop.
Accurate and reliable diagnosis of vocal fold weakness (paresis) is not yet widely accepted, thus the relationship of vocal fold lesions and vocal fold weakness are not thoroughly understood at the present time.
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