There are many types of benign pathology involving the larynx or recurrent laryngeal nerve on a local or systemic basis having hoarseness as the earliest and most apparent symptom. The degree of hoarseness does not suggest the type of illness or its ultimate prognosis. A thorough work up is required, including a detailed history and physical exam, appropriate laboratory and X ray studies, and in many situations a direct laryngoscopy with biopsy for an exact determination of the type of pathology present. The treatment will vary depending on the etiology of the pathology. Often there is a history of abuse or misuse of the larynx, so reeducation of the proper use of the larynx through speech therapy will play an important role in preventing recurrences.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - 1973|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology