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Clinical Guideline Synopsis
September 2018

Management of Hoarseness

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2018;144(9):838-839. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2018.1239

Hoarseness (dysphonia) affects 3.2 million people in the United States every day1 and has higher prevalence among teachers, older adults, and others with significant vocal demands.2,3 Dysphonia is a symptom of upper respiratory infection and other common, benign conditions but can herald serious disease that requires prompt diagnosis and management. Most dysphonic patients are cared for by general practitioners, but a multidisciplinary management approach is often needed when symptoms are nonresponsive to standard therapies. The AAO-HNS guidelines4 weave evidence with consensus expert opinion to inform dysphonia management throughout the spectrum of care to promote evidence-based decision making about appropriate care for dysphonic patients.

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