Vocal cord granulomas are masses that result from irritation. They can grow as a response to an irritation or injury. Granulomas can occur from a breathing or feeding tube inserted in the throat, improper or excessive use of the voice, excessive coughing or acid reflux. Usually non-cancerous, these grow on the cartilages that attach to the back of the vocal cords.
Granulomas can grow anywhere on the body where there is irritation. The granulomas can continue to grow if not treated. If the vocal cord granulomas make breathing difficult, medical attention should be sought immediately. Symptoms of a vocal cord granuloma are: difficulty speaking or singing; pain when speaking and/or swallowing; hoarseness or breathiness; rough voice; voice tires easily; feeling of a lump in the throat; sore throat or tickle in the throat; ear pain; dry cough. Examination by an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor can diagnose this issue.