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Reinke's edema, also known as polypoid degeneration, is the swelling of the vocal folds due to fluid collection (edema) in superficial lamina propria of vocal folds (Reinke's space). It is named after Friedrich B. Reinke.
Reinke's edema causes the vocal folds to swell giving them an uneven, sac-like appearance. They appear pale and translucent. Individuals with Reinke's Edema typically have low-pitched, husky voices, as they use false vocal folds for voice production.
The first course of treatment is to remove the source of the irritant (e.g. smoking cessation, vocal rest, etc.). This can be effective if done soon after development of the edema. Surgery is also an option and can result in some restoration of the voice but is ineffective in complete restoration of the voice to its original state. Decortication of the vocal folds, i.e. removal of a strip of epithelium, is done first on one side and 3–4 weeks later on the other side. Speech therapy is given for proper voice production.
- "Benign Vocal Lesions - Nodules, Polyps, Cysts". The Center for Voice at Northwestern University. Archived from the original on August 17, 2007. Retrieved July 24, 2007.
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- "Illustration of Reinke's Edema". The Center for Voice at Northwestern University. Archived from the original on August 17, 2007. Retrieved July 24, 2007.