Subtle smoker's polyp

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Subtle smoker's polyp

These smoker's polyps were evident in a female by a speaking pitch which was in the upper male range - E3. The tiny tortuous capillaries are visible against the glassy colored background of the polyp. Compare this with the straight capillaries of a normal vocal cord. Also, the vocal cords are slightly convex even on their medial margin. This is especially visible just anterior to the vocal process. The bulk of the polyp however sits on the top or superior surface of the vocal cord.