Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Voice Problem

My father is a business man and he had construction in his shop in December 2011 and after the construction he got sick for 10-15 days and then he started to have a voice problem.  For a year he couldn't speak loud. Some ENT doctors say that he has fleshy mass on his vocal cord.  He gets some  pain in his throat a little bit and sometimes he gets muscle fatigue in his throat and larynx.  He drinks 3 glasses of pomegranate juice everyday for a week and ENT doctors say he should have an operation but he is scared of it. What should I do?

Barbara Messing, MA CCC-SLP, BRS-S replies...

I don't know what operation was recommended for your father by the ENT physicians, but it may be to obtain a biopsy of the lesion which is a reasonable first step. To determine pathology of a lesion, the physician will most likely recommend direct laryngoscopy and biopsy in the operating room. The physicians may also recommend imaging studies, that is, either CT scan, MRI or PET/CT. Once the pathology is known and imaging results are obtained then treatment options should be recommended. If you and your father do not feel comfortable with the recommendation then a second opinion by another physician is advised.  

Thank you for posting your question.

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