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March 1944


Arch Otolaryngol. 1944;39(3):250-258. doi:10.1001/archotol.1944.00680010263007

Vascular polyp is the most common of growths occurring on the vocal cords. It is known variously as hemangioma (Kramer and Yankauer1), varix (Faunce2; Imperatori3), inflammatory tumor (Tucker4), cavernous papilloma (Hooper5), angioma (Chiari6), hemangiectatic fibroma and papilloma (Eppinger7), capillary angioma (Schwartz8) and pseudoangioma (New9). I prefer the name vascular polyp. Vascular polyp is not a true growth but is inflammatory in nature. It is the result of trauma in the form of strain or abuse in the presence of chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane and the immediate subjacent tissue. Because vascular polyp is so distinctive, it is difficult to confuse with other benign growths of the larynx. It frequently is called papilloma or fibroma; this is evidence of the perpetuation of erroneous nomenclature.

It is likely that vascular polyp has been occurring ever since man first found his voice. From a persual of the literature of the prelaryngoscopic era

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