Teacher frustrated by hoarseness and voice problems

Mrs Granger had been suffering with years of intermittent hoarseness in her voice.  As the symptoms increased, she began to worry that her day to day teaching would be affected.

Teacher sees ENT specialist in London

Who

55 year old female

Problem

Mrs Granger had been suffering with years of intermittent hoarseness in her voice. She is a teacher and regularly found that towards the end of a long school term her voice would become strained.

Diagnosis

Mrs Granger consulted with Mr Patel at Parkside Hospital and following a thorough history of the problem, she was examined with the flexible laryngoscope as an outpatient. She had previously had this performed but no diagnosis had been made. However on this occasion, Mr Patel found her to have a left vocal cord polyp.

Treatment

After a full discussion of the possible causes and treatment options, she decided to have the polyp removed and to undergo speech therapy to retrain her vocal use. Two weeks later, she attended Parkside Hospital for a microlaryngoscopy and removal of the polyp. Dr Waddington, an anaesthetist who is highly trained in shared airway management ensured that the twenty minute procedure went smoothly under general anaesthetic. Mrs Granger was then discharged home a few hours later. After a few days of vocal rest, she started to speak with much more strength.

Outcome

Two months later, with the help and support of Mr Patel’s speech therapist, Mrs Granger is no longer suffering with hoarseness at school.

After a full discussion of the possible causes and treatment options, she decided to have the polyp removed and to undergo speech therapy to retrain her vocal use.