Patient Profile: Curing Chronic Hoarseness

Doris Godwin

Doris Godwin suffered from constant hoarseness for over five years. The 80-year-old had been evaluated and treated in the past for laryngopharyngeal reflux, with no improvement in her symptoms.

“I thought it was a problem I would just have to live with” said Doris, “Then a relative suggested CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat.”

Doris was evaluated using the Kay Pentax Rigid Videostroboscopy system. A submucosal cyst involving the medial surface of her right vocal cord was discovered. The cyst was preventing complete closure of her vocal cords during phonation and impairing normal vocal cord vibration. This was causing a raspy and breathy quality to her voice.

After failing conservative medical management, it was agreed that surgery was the best option and Doris underwent submucosal excision of the right vocal cord cyst. An operating microscope was used along with an injection of steroid into her right vocal cord to promote healing. After the surgery, Doris was placed on one week of strict voice rest. At her post-op visit, she had significant improvement in her vocal quality. With restricted voice use, her vocal quality continued to improve as her healing progressed over the next several weeks.

William A. McClelland, MD, FACS - Board Certified Otolaryngologist (ENT)
About the Author
Otolaryngologist (ENT) at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA
Dr. McClelland is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist (ENT) as well as the Founding Partner of CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA. His particular clinical interest is minimally invasive sinus surgery.

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