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Hoarseness: contemporary diagnosis and management.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Comprehensive Therapy
0098-8243
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Volume
21
Issue
12
Pages
705–710
Identifiers
PMID: 8789134
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

"Hoarseness" is the term used by most people to describe a change in normal voice quality. It is a very nonspecific term somewhat similar to a patient's complaint of dizziness when describing symptoms from light-headedness to true vertigo. Hoarseness may imply breathiness, roughness, voice breaks, or unnatural changes in pitch. Laryngologists use the general term "dysphonia" to describe abnormal voice quality with no specific etiology implied. A complaint of hoarseness may represent serious disease and, therefore, should not be ignored, especially if it persists for more than two weeks. Before we proceed with a discussion of abnormal voice, it is imperative to understand normal voice production and the relative anatomy.

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