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Archive: UW doctor discusses vocal cord ailment known as ‘Packer Polyps’

Fanatically yelling and overly exuberant cheering are typically harmless expressions of excitement and frustration for any sports fan. But as emotions and expectations build for this weekend’s wildcard playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers, Dr. Seth Dailey, associate professor of surgery and chief of laryngology at UW Health, warns of a throat ailment he calls “Packer Polyps.”

The phenomenon occurs when overzealous sports fans yell and cheer so much they inadvertently strain their voices so severely it causes small lumps to develop on their vocal cords. While the condition is typically benign, hoarseness that continues more than two weeks could be a sign of more severe damage. Watch Dr. Dailey discuss Packer Polyps in this interview at, and watch the Packers play the 49ers on Sunday at 3:40 p.m.