Diagnosing and treating common disorders of the larynx

A. J. Yonkers

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-155
Number of pages6
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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