Treatment of Vocal Fold Polyps with In-Office Potassium Titanyl Phosphate (KTP) Laser Ablation in Professional Singers

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      Vocal fold polyp (VFP) is an exophytic gelatinous lesion with an atrophic epithelium. After behavioral and conservative management, phonomicrosurgery is the treatment of choice for VFPs with excellent outcomes in terms of lesion resolution and postoperative vocal function. Office-based potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) laser ablation is a new treatment modality for VFPs but its efficacy for professional singers has yet to be validated. Reported is a consecutive series of six professional singers (with seven episodes of VFP) who, based on patient and provider preference, underwent in-office KTP laser ablation of VFP. Two polyps required two ablation procedures; otherwise, a single treatment was successful in resolution of VFP at a mean resolution time of 44 days. Singing voice handicap index 10 improved from a mean of 30.8 (range 4–40) to 6.0 (range 0–22). All patients resumed their professional singing careers without vocal limitations. Posttreatment videos were reviewed by three blinded fellowship trained laryngologists, who were not able to accurately predict the laterality of the polyp (52% correct, p = 0.99).

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