We take a holistic approach to assessing and diagnosing our patients. We assess all aspects of a child and individualize a treatment plan that encompasses all levels of care. Doctors in multiple disciplines work together to determine the best course of action for your child. Your child’s needs are discussed with you and your family, leading to an integrated, customized treatment plan.
Treatment for BVCP aims to ensure a safe and stable airway, preserve speech and allow safe swallowing and weight gain. Further testing may be done to find the underlying cause of the BVCP because the treatment depends on its cause.
Your physician may want to simply observe your child for up to a year because vocal cord paralysis can sometimes resolve itself without specific treatment.
If nodules or polyps are causing the BVCP, surgery may be needed to remove them from the vocal cords. Nodules are noncancerous, hard, callous-like growths on both vocal cords that are caused by repeated or long-term vocal strain or abuse. A polyp is like a nodule but larger and appears as a swelling, bump, or blister.
If swallowing or breathing difficulties are a problem, a tracheotomy may be needed to open the windpipe in order to maintain a safe and stable airway. In some cases, surgery is needed to increase the size of the opening in the back of the larynx.
Speech and language therapy may improve your child’s voice as well.