Hemorrhagic Polyp

A vocal polyp that looks like a “blood blister” on the vocal cord. A hemorrhagic polyp may occur because of acute vocal trauma—sudden and extreme overuse of the voice—and may result in abrupt and fairly severe hoarseness that is persistent. In time, the blood may resorb and leave a translucent polyp; this kind of polyp may be prone to re-bruising intermittently.

Small hemorrhagic polyps may heal on their own, but usually require many months to do so. Larger ones should be surgically removed. Fortunately, the prognosis for full recovery after surgery is excellent.


Hemorrhagic polyp

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Large hemorrhagic polyp right vocal fold

Hemorrhagic polyp (1 of 2)

Large hemorrhagic polyp right fold, with large polypoid nodule and vascularity, left fold, during breathing (Lab).
Hemorrhagic polyp

Hemorrhagic polyp (2 of 2)

Same patient during phonation, showing now faint bruise anterior part of left-sided lesion (Lab).


Hemorrhagic Polyp: Before and After
Watch the story of a young man with a hemorrhagic vocal cord polyp. Listen to his voice and see his larynx both before and after surgical removal.