Smoker's polyps

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Smoker's polyps viewed with Pentax iScan to emphasize blood vessels, Smoker's polyps stick together when opening the vocal cords, Smoker's polyps suck together when making sound during inspiration, Close up of surface of smoker's polyps - dry and thickened mucosa, Close up of surface of smoker's polyps - Pentax iScan shows beginning leukoplakia, After a laser treatment the smoker's polyps are smaller, Smoker's polyps after laser treatment

Talkative female in her mid 50's who has smoked about 2 1/2 packs per day for more than 40 years. She can barely make her vocal cords vibrate. 20 years ago she had some type of vocal cord surgery where her vocal cords were "scraped." The polyps sit on the top surface of her vocal cords and are almost not visible in the sense that they do not stand out from the cords, but when she breathes in, the polyps suck into the airway.

Smoker's polyps viewed with Pentax iScan to emphasize blood vesselsSmoker's polyps stick together when opening the vocal cordsSmoker's polyps suck together when making sound during inspiration

Close up of surface of smoker's polyps - dry and thickened mucosaClose up of surface of smoker's polyps - Pentax iScan shows beginning leukoplakia

She underwent office KTP laser reduction of the smokers polyps. She has continued to smoke cigarettes. Vocal cords after the laser treatment:

After a laser treatment the smoker's polyps are smallerSmoker's polyps after laser treatment